SIfT 2017

Climate Change in the Pacific NW: Glaciers, Forests and Freshwater

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
UW Pack Forest
Mount Rainier National Park
June 26, 27, 28, 2017

Day 1

NGSS Tools For Your Classroom, Stephanie Bishop, South Sound GREEN

  • NGSS Sentence Frame Cards – Great for starting conversations between ‘elbow-partners’, sorting groups randomly in more than one way, etc.

Guests & Presenters:

Carbon, Climate, and Pacific Northwest Forests John Hayes, Mount Rainier Institute


Climate Education Resources – Casey Ralston, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Habitat Restoration for Salmon & Climate in the Nisqually

Eatonville School District’s Farm Project: GRITS…Growing Relationships In The Soil, Tod Morrish, Eatonville High School & STEM Campus

Ohop Creek Restoration :  Re-meandering a Stream – Brian Combs, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

Exploring the Ohop

Mount Rainier Institute at University of Washington’s Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest

Day 2

Pack ForestJohn Hayes and Amy Wilson, Mount Rainier Institute

Mount Rainier National Park

Day 3

A Sideways Look at Clouds: How Our Skies are Changing and What That Means For Our Climate – Maria Mudd Ruth, local author and accidental naturalist  Maria has put together a blog post dedicated to YOU, our awesome teachers, that covers all of the resources she mentioned in her talk.  Also, her PowerPoint is here.  Download it to your computer to view, and it will include her notes and they are so worth it!     Remember – save the date!  September 29th, 2017 at Eagles Ballroom- Maria Mudd Ruth’s book launch party for A Sideways Look at Clouds

Here’s the NOAA-NASA Cloudchart which gives you a Sky Watcher Chart and an introduction to clouds (printable 11×14″ pdf)

Adapting Climate Lessons to NGSS

Stream Flow Investigations

  • Flow Meters, Steve Boessow, Water Rights Biologist, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    • Here’s the Google folder with Steve’s slides, flow meter history, flow calculator spreadsheet, and more!
  • Float Test, Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Foundation

Action Projects for Community Resiliency

Washington Green SchoolsNayiri Haroutunian, Program Manager  Stay tuned for upcoming Thurston  County area trainings! We are hoping to find teams to pilot their curricula: Zombie Guacamole and Students and communities across Washington State are working to create greener, healthier school environments. Together we are building a better world — now and for future generations. Washington Green Schools provides a system of support for school communities to set and achieve sustainability goals.

CoCoRahs – Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network – “Because Every Drop Counts – Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nations”, Gary Burke, CoCoRaHS local contact.

Additional Resources…

Native Plant ID Resources

Losing Paradise: Climate Change is Changing Mount Rainier

OSPI’s ESE Learning Standards

Washington has Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) learning standards.

ESE Core Content Connections

OSPI is currently revising their ESE Core Content Connections document, which gives some examples how ESE can be taught across content areas, while supporting content area standards.

Native American Stories in Science and Sustainability Education

With a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington State LASER and OSPI upgraded three sets of commonly used elementary science materials to integrate Environmental and Sustainability Learning Standards. Additionally, the upgraded lessons are now also enhanced by ties to Native American stories from across Washington. Recordings of the stories, as told by Roger Fernandes, are available for all educators to use.

Green Ribbon Schools

OSPI encourages schools to apply for US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award, which is administered through OSPI in Washington.  Participating in this institute indicates it is likely that your school already meets the requirements for one of the three pillars of the program: Pillar 3, Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.