Teacher Resources

Below are common resources that can be integrated into watershed education in South Sound:

Beach Etiquette


  • Biomimicry is “learning from and then adapting nature’s best ideas to solve human challenges in order to create a healthier more sustainable planet”
  • Biomimicry Education Network
  • Curiosity Machine offers design challenges inspired by nature. Build an octopus suction pad, create a wind machine based on seed dispersal techniques, explore fight…this site is a go to for individual challenges or units. Aligns with NGSS.
  • More resources from the 2015 Summer Teacher’s Institute (that was focused on Biomimicry) can be found here.

Climate Change

Indigenous Knowledge

Nearshore Habitat

  • David Jamison’s website Puget Sound Sea Life offers photos and descriptions of marine plants and animals- everything from green string lettuce to orcas.

Ocean Acidification

  • Collection of Ocean Acidification Educational Resources: A curated collection of free resources on ocean acidification (OA) for educators and communicators. For grades K-12.
    This website is funded/supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildlife, Washington Sea Grant, Suquamish Tribe and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Performance Tasks

Planting and Restoration

This Plant it Right video provides a good overview of how to successfully complete a restoration planting project, including different plant stock and planting methods.

Also, the Tree Planting and Restoration slide show gives an overview of why restoration is important for local habitat!

Riparian Zone


  • NOAA’s Incredible Journey introduces elementary schoolers to the salmon life cycle and concepts such as ecosystems, keystone species, salmon culture, and stewardship. English and Spanish versions available.
  • Salmon, Water and Forests in the Classroom: Created by Olympia School District, this is a compilation of excerpts from Salmonids in the Classroom by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail Education Project, Salmon Rescue Curriculum(WDFW), The Salmon Box: An Educational Curriculum about Pacific Salmon, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Teacher Packet, Forests of Washington: Forest Ecosystems and People and from Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide.
  • 137 species food web poster
  • Chum Salmon Life Cycle (from the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail curriculum)
  • The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail offers guided tours of the trail each November to coincide with the return of the Kennedy Creek native chum salmon run. Trained docents explain mating behavior, life cycle and more. Contact Claire Williamson from South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group to schedule a field trip at 360-412-0808, ext. 107 or kennedycreek@spsseg.org beginning in August.
  • Internal and External Salmon Anatomy
  • Stream Team McLane Creek Chum Salmon Field Journal


Stream Bugs

Stream Structure

Water Quality Manual

This curriculum was designed to prepare students for water quality monitoring day and includes update instructions, data sheets, and ways to make your water quality testing day successful!

Learn about stream structure with this Stream Ecology Power Point  

Watershed Pledge

  • My South Sound Watershed Promise can be used to introduce your class to watersheds! This booklet explains what a watershed is and provides an overview of the water cycle. Sections on pet waste, yard waste, household waste and more inform students on sources of pollution, and a pledge card for them to make change in their own lives! Don’t want to print the whole pledge? Here’s the one page Pledge Card!