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Monthly Update – September 2022

Stephanie kicks off our Water Quality Teach Training at Brewery Park.

School is back in session and so are we! Our Water Quality Monitoring season is right around the corner and we’ve been busy getting ready for our favorite time of the year. That includes professional development events for teachers, like our latest Water Quality Training at Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls! 24 teachers from South Sound GREEN, the Nisqually River Education Project, and the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium programs all came out for the day to get a refresher or learn our water quality procedures for the first time. We want to make sure local students have a great experience when water quality testing, and that starts with having confident teachers! Thank you to all of those who came out and participated for the day!

We’re thrilled to have field-based water quality testing days return, and will continue to provide support throughout the coming month. If you want to learn more about water quality monitoring, send an email to snadell@thurstoncd.com or come talk to us at the upcoming Harvest Festival and Orca Recovery Day!

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Monthly Update – March 2022

A huge thank you to all of our community partners for your help with making our 2022 Student GREEN Congress so successful!

Student GREEN Congress has come and gone once again! Our 29th annual and second ever virtual Student GREEN Congress event was an amazing success, engaging over 700 students across multiple watershed programs in South Puget Sound and beyond. Alongside the Nisqually River Education Project, the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, and numerous incredible community partners, we coordinated a virtual Congress event that included an interactive Water Quality Story Map and hands-on environmental workshops. And to top it all off, our Congress Keynote event featured Long Live the Kings presenting and leading their Survive the Sound game, where students learned about tracking juvenile steelhead and modeled steelhead survival rates. Overall, we couldn’t be more proud of how our favorite annual event went, and we hope to return to an in-person event next year!

Outside of Congress, we’ve been busy with water quality field days with Olympia elementary schools and North Thurston middle schools. Getting students outside has always been our priority, even if it’s on their school grounds!

And finally, spring is here! Stay tuned for information about our upcoming Nearshore programs! We’ll need additional volunteer help for a lot of these programs, so if you’re interested in joining us out in some beautiful nearshore environments please reach out to Sam Nadell at snadell@thurstoncd.com!

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Join the South Sound GREEN Team!

South Sound GREEN Watershed Educator – Applications Due August 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Thurston Conservation District’s South Sound GREEN Program seeks a driven, creative educator with a passion for the natural world to support local teachers and students in water quality monitoring, habitat restoration and creating community connections leading to watershed protection. The South Sound GREEN Watershed Educator will serve in a well-established, place-based environmental education program housed at Thurston Conservation District. Through water quality sampling and data analysis, the Watershed Educator will split time between the classroom and field sites, often working outdoors at local Puget Sound beaches, marinas, wetlands, creeks, lakes and other outdoor learning environments. The Watershed Educator will engage students through water quality monitoring, nearshore experiences, restoration and other service learning projects, and through the Annual Student GREEN Congress where students will present and analyze data on more than 50 monitoring sites. They will assist teachers by increasing their skills and confidence with watershed education and assisting with teacher professional development opportunities.

See full job description & application instructions here.

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Climate Literacy and Monitoring in South Sound (CLAMSS)

Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, South Sound GREEN partnered with the Nisqually River Education Project to offer a series of workshops to area teachers focused on ocean acidification (OA). Teachers learned the basic chemistry behind OA, as well as some local monitoring efforts being conducted by NOAA, Pacific Shellfish Institute, Puget Sound regional tribes and more. The professional development culminated in field trips to Puget Sound beaches and marinas where students conducted their own studies to help them better understand the impacts of OA on subtidal and intertidal life.

Overall, 857 students visited Puget Sound as part of the CLAMSS program! South Sound GREEN staff coordinated with community partners to serve as station leaders including Pacific Shellfish Institute and beach naturalists from the Puget Sound Estuarium, and recruited and trained volunteer divers, biologists and community members interested in helping out. South Sound GREEN staff led a stations on water quality impacts on Puget Sound (utilizing the Enviroscape model as a tool to identify non-point source pollution impacts and ways kids can change their behavior to improve water quality), and on OA impacts to crab survival which included a quadrat study of the beach. 

Overall, SSG volunteers contributed 136.5 volunteer hours for these trips!  In addition, 82 volunteer chaperones attending with the schools contributed 323 volunteer hours for a combined 479.5 volunteer hours! Special thanks to NOAA’s B-WET Education Program for funding this program!

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27th Annual Student GREEN Congress!

On Thursday, March 21st over 350 local students will convene at The Evergreen State College to discuss water quality data across South Sound! In their morning State of the Rivers Sessions they will present the data from their water quality monitoring site and compare with others monitoring in the same watershed. Together they will decide on recommendations of action to improve watershed conditions!

Google Drive Site with South Sound GREEN presentations and maps: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/159xNX91JvKq5U7QVXirgImbePyTvpies

Google Drive Site with Nisqually River Education Project presentations and maps: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1-cWSSfP4Ji4CNbP6fUAbQBqkLL9a-uP7