Monthly Update – January 2023

Students from Lacey Elementary School check to make sure they’re using the right chemicals for their Dissolved Oxygen test on their Watershed Explorers Field Day.

Here at South Sound GREEN, we’re starting the year with lots of exciting events and teamwork with our community partners! Students from Woodland Elementary and Lacey Elementary were able to gain hands-on experience with water quality testing and stream bug identification at Long Lake Park and Woodland Creek Community Park. During these field trips, the students collected real data that they will use to analyze the water quality in their local watersheds. 

Students like these will soon have the opportunity to share their data at our Student GREEN Congress event! Congress will be held on March 23rd at The Evergreen State College in collaboration with The Nisqually River Education Project and Chehalis Basin Education Consortium. This is our biggest annual event, and we can’t wait to host it in-person again for the first time in three years! Check out the Student GREEN Congress webpage here for more information.

This month, the Teens in Thurston (TnT) high school volunteer group event took place at GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty). High schoolers from across Thurston school districts worked together to remove invasive Himalayan blackberries from GRuB’s nature trail. In February, the TnT volunteer group will be assisting the Center for Natural Lands Management with restoring native prairie lands by creating a bonfire at a former Christmas tree farm! Are you a high school student interested in participating in conservation and sustainability activities and gaining community service hours? Sign up for email updates about TnT events using this form!

Another upcoming opportunity for high school students to engage with environmental science is the 2023 South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon! The competition will take place on April 25th at Squaxin Park in Olympia, WA. Competition participants and volunteers can register for the event here. If you have any questions, or would like more information, you can contact Sam Nadell at snadell@thurstoncd.com.