Field and Classroom Experiences

We are in the process of updating our calendar and resources for the 2020-2021 school year. Please keep checking for updates!

The SSG 2019-2020 Calendar outlines important dates to keep in mind, including dates for water quality testing, Student GREEN Congress and Teacher Networking Meetings. South Sound GREEN also can visit classrooms, and works with many community partners who offer their own high quality classroom programs and activities. Below are resources for presenters who are available during the 2019-2020 school year:

South Sound GREEN
Stephanie Bishop, (360)754-3588, ext. 108 or
We provide an introduction to the program (What is a Watershed and Intro to Water Quality Testing) and are developing other programs to support your class.

  • What is a Watershed? This program lasts between 30-40 minutes and includes a PowerPoint presentation on the watersheds of South Sound, Grades 4-12
  • Introduction to Water Quality Testing Between 45 minutes – 1 hour, Grades 4-12
  • Planting and Restoration Between 30 minutes – 1 hour, Grades 4-12

Other South Sound GREEN Programs:

ThurstonECONetwork is a great resource for contacting local organizations and educators who can provide expertise and support for classroom and outdoor projects or programs. As an additional resource, the ThurstonECONetwork Guide is designed for people seeking fun, memorable, hands-on ways to learn about the environment and sustainability. It offers resources for both classroom educators and the general community!

We are available for any in classroom presentations and activities on watersheds, please let us know how we can help!


South Sound GREEN works closely with Nisqually River Education Project and Chehalis Basin Education Consortium to provide community-building programs like Summer Teacher’s Institute and Climate Resiliency Fellows.

Check out what our teachers have accomplished on the Pacific Northwest Climate Leaders blog.

The Squaxin Island Tribe, also known as the People of the Water, are the native people of South Puget Sound. The Squaxin Natural Resources blog highlights the work that the Squaxin and other tribes are doing to promote natural resource conservation and restoration.

Volunteer Opportunities

South Sound GREEN relies on volunteers to assist with water quality monitoring and nearshore field trips. Our Water Watchers volunteer training takes place in the fall and provides training to parent and community volunteers interested in helping students with water quality testing. For the nearshore program, we partner with Puget Sound Estuarium and the beach naturalist volunteers. We also need certified scuba divers willing to collect marine life for the students to see at Zittel’s Marina. The Student GREEN Congress is also made possible by volunteers. You can find more information or sign up to volunteer through our Get Involved page. Thank you for your time and dedication!