Program Highlights


Monthly Update: April 2022

Students from Marshall Middle School participate in a wrack line survey during their Nearshore Field Experience.

The weather is warming up and South Sound GREEN is starting to go on field trips again! This past month, we’ve had a blast helping out our friends at the Nisqually River Education Project with their North Thurston 4th grade programs out at the Nisqually community garden, which saw hundreds of elementary students participating in everything from salmon dissections to hearing Nisqually tribal stories. A big thank you to our partners at the Nisqually Indian Tribe as well for hosting these programs! We’re also in the middle of restarting our spring Nearshore Field Experiences, which we haven’t done in person in three years! Marshall Middle School students in the Citizen Science Institute, frequent participants in SSG programs, joined us for our first Nearshore trip of the season, and enjoyed beautiful weather while learning about unique intertidal species and the importance of beach wrack lines. We can’t wait to bring more students out to local beaches soon!

Let’s hope for more great weather and Nearshore programs in the coming months! And teachers, our Summer Institute is coming up in June! Stay tuned for more information about our favorite teacher training opportunity!


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!


Monthly Update – February 2022

Students from Salish Middle School investigate benthic macroinvertebrates.

The days are getting longer, the sun has been shining, and South Sound GREEN is busier than ever! Most schools are still unable to take students on field trips, so instead we’ve been bringing the field trips to the students. Throughout February, we’ve brought water quality testing and benthic macroinvertebrates to schools all over Thurston county, reaching hundreds of students of all ages in the process. As always, these programs wouldn’t be possible without our amazing community partners – thanks Nisqually River Education Project and Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge!

Now that we’re in March, it means that Student GREEN Congress is right around the corner! Once again this event will be virtual, and this year we have the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium joining us for the first time! Teachers have been registering to participate in our State of the Rivers Story Map, as well as signing up for our numerous community partner-led workshops! This all leads to our keynote event featuring Long Live the Kings and their Survive the Salmon game. We’re so excited for our 29th annual Congress! Stay tuned for more SSG programs, and hopefully the return of field trips by the end of this school year!


Monthly Update – January 2022

2021 is in the books and we’re excited for a new year ahead of us! After a year that saw SSG engaging record numbers of students in our overall program as well as participation in Student GREEN Congress, we can’t wait to get back to working with returning and new teachers in whatever capacity we can. We are continuing to offer adjusted SSG programs, from classroom-based watershed lessons to assisted water quality testing, all done either virtually or outdoors to maximize safety. If you’re a teacher who is looking for a hands-on activity, or are looking for a collection of resources, feel free to reach out to us ( or check out our website!

This month, we participated in two service projects in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. SSG helped facilitate Marshall Middle School students in planting 50 coastal redwood trees at the Ralph Munro Trail, and the Teens in Thurston (TnT) volunteer group assisted TCD and the City of Olympia in pulling scotch broom and planting native species at LBA Woods. These projects, along with others that were led by community partners, significantly improve watershed health and engage our community in environmental conservation.

We also made the decision to hold our Student GREEN Congress event virtually for the second year in a row! We were thrilled with the participation and enthusiasm for last year’s event, and this year we will once again be offering a digital Water Quality Story Map, hands-on workshop opportunities, and an exciting live keynote presentation! Keep checking our website or social media for updates, or feel free to reach out with any questions.

Stay safe everyone!


Monthly Update: December 2021

Chinook Middle School students learn about stream bugs and salmon anatomy at a school-based field day this December.

Happy holidays from South Sound GREEN! What a crazy year it has been! From our first ever Virtual Student GREEN Congress to coordinating water quality field days for every North Thurston fifth grader, we’ve certainly had a busy and unique twelve months. This year, we have created numerous digital resources to increase equitable opportunities for students, as well as refined some of our school-based lessons while maximizing the number of students we’ve been able to work with in a single day. We’re so grateful for our teachers, district administrators, volunteers, parents, and students for everything they gave us this year, and can’t wait to continue to grow our program in 2022!

And speaking of 2022, there’s a lot to look forward to! Interested in keeping up with all of South Sound GREEN’s programs and offerings? Find us on Facebook or Instagram!