SIfT 2018

Climate Change in the Pacific NW:
Urban Environments, Flooding, and Sea Level Rise

Climate Change in the Pacific NW:
Urban Environments, Flooding, and Sea Level Rise

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
June 25, 26, 27, 2018

Teacher participants will:

  • Learn regional climate change science from local and NOAA experts
  • Experience hands on activities and field investigations
  • Receive curriculum resources to support service learning projects
  • Gain skills and experience to implement climate change curriculum and Action Projects for Community Resiliency in your classroom
  • Contribute to program development and enhancement

Day 1: Sea Level Rise and Flooding

Welcome to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Education Coordinator, Davy Clark

Sea Level Rise – an Overview of the Science: Nicole Faghin, Coastal Management Specialist, Washington Sea Grant

Sea Level Rise Expert Panel, moderated by Chuck Lennox, Lennox Insites

Teachers Response: How will you take this information into your classroom?

  • Future Cities Competition
  • Sea Level Rise Design Challenge
  • Project Citizen
  • Build a Flood-able Model City
  • Use geological maps to see city sea level rise
  • Use Lucia’s Estuary Restoration Puzzle pre/post trip

Nisqually Boardwalk & Estuary

Break out Sessions

Day 2:  Field Trips- Tour of the Deschutes Watershed

Geology of Puget Sound/Deschutes Watershed- Wendy Gerstel, Qwg Applied Geology

Deschutes Falls Park

Yelm Hwy Stormwater Facility at William A. Bush Park 

Tumwater Falls Park

Downtown Olympia Sea Level Rise and Walking Tour – Eric Christensen & Susan Clark, City of Olympia..  Meet at Capitol Lake, Water Street Bathrooms.

Optional: Kayak Tour of Olympia to Priest Point Park 

Day 3 Curriculum Resources, Action Projects, and Planning Time

Tideline Project: Art as Action – Stephanie Bishop, Matt Samson, Aerial Wahoub

Data in the Classroom – Maggie Allen, Education Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

Coordinated Litter Assessment Project Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington and Stop Sucking!  Strawless Olympia Campaign, Christine Rayburn

 Action Project Break Out Sessions- Two 45 minute Sessions

Tribal Curriculum Resources

  • “Traditional Food Box” – Elizabeth Campbell, Squaxin Garden. There is an entire binder full of resources, recipes and stories included with the tool-kit. Many of the stories can be downloaded on your smart phone as well. The Cedar Box Teaching Tool-kit is currently housed at the Squaxin Island Museum’s Tribal Garden. If local educators are interested they can contact:
  • (Elise Crohn’s website)

Climate Resiliency Fellows: Share-Out and Sign-Up

 Program Assessment or Meet your Watershed Program: Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, Nisqually River Education Project, South Sound GREEN