Water Quality, Watersheds and Aquifers, A-S
A River Runs Through It
biggest habitat problem for salmon is not poor water quality caused by
pollution, it's water quantity: too much water in the winter and too little
in the summer. The quantity of water in a stream is determined largely by
land use. Students will see a forested watershed evolve into a developed
landscape (complete with shopping mall and subdivisions). This classroom
presentation uses a three dimensional watershed model to teach basic
watershed concepts and to show how changes wrought by growth and increasing
urbanization have affected stormwater, stream flow and salmon habitat.
Presentations may be given to upper elementary through high school classes
depending on the availability of staff. To schedule call 357-2491 (TDD line
for the hearing impaired is 754-2933) or email
Are You Bugged by Bugs? Lending Tub
Meet "Lucy the Ladybug" and her friends in a puppet show that explains the important role insects play in our environment. Learn about these beneficial insects and how they help keep our yards and gardens healthy and beautiful. Program includes:
To help prepare your students for this presentation, the video "Bugs Don’t Bug Us" is available for loan. The video introduces the concept that many insects really are our friends. Maximum number of students: 30.
Lucy the Ladybug, her friends, script, and props for the puppet show can be checked out by calling an environmental educator in Thurston County Environmental Health at 754-4111. E-mail: email@example.com. TDD line is 754-2933.
"I learned a lot myself. Wonderful puppets." - Kindergarten teacher.
Budd Inlet's Mud, Birds and History
Explore the environmental history of Budd Inlet through an historic shoreline walk and visit to interpretive viewing areas. What is fill and what changes have occurred to the natural shoreline in the past 100 years? View remnant salt marsh and migratory shorebirds. Learn about Swantown Slough plus restoration and monitoring projects – and participate! Resources include videos, slide shows, and walking tour brochures. For more information, call City of Olympia Water Resources Program, 753-8454, or the TDD line, 753-8270.
EnviroScape Watershed Model Presentation
We all live in a watershed. This table-top model provides a unique, interactive learning experience, enabling students to easily see the connection between our roofs, roads and yards and the quality of our local waterways. The combined affects of nonpoint pollution from many small sources can have a real impact on the quality of our shared water resources. Students learn how they can protect the environment by taking small local actions to prevent nonpoint pollution. Presentations may be given to upper elementary through high school classes depending on the availability of staff. To schedule call 754-4681 (TDD line for the hearing impaired is 754-2933) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (10/09)
Get Your Feet Wet with Stream Team
Youth can help protect and enhance local water resources through the Stream Team program. The program offers:
For a current calendar of Stream Team events go to www.streamteam.info or , call your local Stream Team coordinator. In Lacey, call 438-2687. In Olympia, call 753-8454, or the TDD line, 753-8270. In Tumwater, call 754-4148. In Thurston County, call 754-4681, or the TDD line, 754-2933. To receive quarterly Stream Team newsletter via email, please send request to email@example.com. Stream Team will not share your email with anyone else. (11/11)
Healthy Water, Healthy People
Sponsored by Project WET and Hach Scientific Foundation, this innovative, water quality education program , offers hands-on activity guides, testing kits, training, and much more. Healthy Water, Healthy People is for anyone interested in learning and teaching about contemporary water quality education topics. It offers an excellent foundation curriculum for water quality monitoring projects. Available for purchase or through locally focused teacher workshops. For information or to arrange workshops, contact your local Healthy Water, Healthy People facilitator or Brook Beeler, Washington State Department of Ecology (509) 329-3478.(11/11)
LOTT Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours
Learn how LOTT helps preserve and protect public health, the environment, and water resources by providing wastewater management and reclaimed water production services for the north Thurston county urban area.
LOTT’s Budd Inlet Treatment Plant currently serves about 98,000 people in the Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater area. At the plant, wastewater undergoes primary and secondary treatment, nitrogen removal, and ultraviolet disinfection. Most of the treated water is released into Budd Inlet, but a portion undergoes tertiary treatment to become Class A Reclaimed Water, a new resource approved for irrigation and other non-drinking uses.
Tours are available for groups of 1-25, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special arrangements must be made for groups of more than 25. Tours are designed for 5th grade and above and last about 1˝ hours. Tour length and content can be modified to best meet the needs of the group.
To schedule, call 360-528-5726 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. An informational postcard can be mailed upon request. Location: 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia, 98501.
Groups wishing to include a visit to the WET Science Center’s exhibit gallery should contact Susie Vanderburg at 360-528-5742 or email email@example.com. (11/11)
McAllister Springs Field Trip (1 hour
to 1.5 hours)
Visit McAllister Springs, the City of Olympia's primary source of drinking water and see an aquifer up close! Watch water bubble up from the ground and learn how it gets to our homes. Use a “see-through” model to learn about ground water, how pollution can occur, and why it's important to conserve ground water. Schedule a tour April 1 through October 31. The City of Olympia will pay for bus transportation on a first come, first served basis and as long as funding is available for:
After a tour is scheduled, teachers need to contact their transportation services staff directly to schedule buses. Invoices are then sent to:
City of Olympia
There is a 45-day billing window. Invoices received after 45 days may not be reimbursed.
There are two tours to choose from:
Tours are available Monday through Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. No tours will be scheduled on Fridays. Minimum number of students: 10. Maximum number: 30. Special arrangements must be made for groups smaller than ten or larger than 30.
Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance. All tours will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis depending on staff availability. City staff reserves the right to cancel or reschedule tours based on extreme weather conditions, including: temperatures about 90 degrees, extreme cold, or heavy rain.
To schedule, call Daisy Curley, Water Quality Specialist at, 360-753-8167 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The TDD number is 360-753-8270.
Native Plant Salvage Project
This year-round program offers opportunities for hands-on learning through field workshops in ecology and plant identification, recovery of native plants from wooded sites destined for clearing, and planting native vegetation in learning landscapes. Limited classroom presentations are also offered.
Two publications are also available: "Grow Your Own Native Landscape: A Guide to Identifying, Propagating, and Landscaping with Western Washington Native Plants," and "Winter in the Woods: A Winter Guide to Deciduous Native Plants in Western Washington."
A 17-minute video, "Plant it Right: Restoring our Streams," is also available along with an accompanying brochure. (See next page.) Contact Erica Guttman, 754-3588 ext. 110. E-mail: email@example.com.
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Are your students studying wetlands, watersheds, birds and wildlife, or habitats? Then the Refuge is a great place to enhance your curriculum! The Refuge is located on the biologically rich Nisqually River Delta. Approximately seven miles of trails lead to fresh and saltwater marsh, grassland, and riparian woodland.
Educational resources include orientations to the Refuge by a volunteer or staff person and an education center that is open by appointment only. The Education Center provides hands-on activities on a number of environmental topics, mounted bird displays, a gray whale skull, a lively pond aquarium, and more. A comprehensive curriculum, "Where the River Meets the Sound," is available free for teachers who attend a field trip orientation workshop, for purchase at the Refuge bookstore, or for checkout. Advanced reservations are required for educational groups that are either requesting educational services or applying for a fee waiver.
For a reservation, call the Environmental Education Coordinator at 753-9467. More information is available online at www.fws,gov/nisqually
Nisqually Reach Nature Center
Nature Center contains study mounts of local birds, 5 tidally active salt
water aquariums with over 50 spices of local marine fauna, and equipment for
use. The equipment includes binoculars, spotting scopes, Quadrates, Seine
net, compound microscopes, and dissecting microscopes. Outdoor classes can
study estuarine ecology through beach quadrate studies, beach seining,
plankton tows and more. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and
Sunday. Classes may visit any time with advance arrangement. New
interpretive signs are on the pier. The boat launch and pier are open from
Nisqually River Education Project
The Nisqually River Education Project (NREP) offers:
Habitat restoration work-revegetation, invasive species removal, salmon carcass tossing, etc.
Annual Student Congress with 400 students from 40+ schools around South Puget Sound to analyze watershed health and learn new skills.
Annual Summer Teachers Institute with clock hours, stipends, curriculum resources and networking with community professionals.
Logistical support for community service and education outreach projects.
Ongoing teacher training and resource sharing.
Funding for field trips and water quality monitoring equipment.
Nisqually Stream Stewards
Help restore salmon habitat and stream health in the Nisqually River watershed. Call to sign up your classes for free planting projects or the salmon carcass return program. The Nisqually Stream Stewards Program seeks to teach all people in the community about the importance of healthy streams for salmon habitat, and to involve people in projects that help protect and restore that habitat within the Nisqually watershed. We also work closely with the Nisqually River Education Project. The project involves students in monitoring the health of streams in the Nisqually watershed.
For more information about Nisqually Stream Stewards, call Don Perry at 438-8687 ext. 2143 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out www.nisquallyriver.org/stewards. (5/08)
The OLYWAter Schools Program provides free classroom presentations, fieldtrips, and action project options to 4th and 5th grade teachers and their students in the Olympia School District. Whether visiting Watershed or Priest Point Park, GPSing through downtown Olympia, planting and maintaining trees at Black Lake Meadows, or viewing spawning salmon in the fall, students learn about their local environment and the actions they can take to preserve and protect water resources.
Started in 1998 by the Olympia Storm and Surface Water Utility, the school program currently serves about 35 fourth and fifth grade classrooms in the Olympia School District, approximately 775 students. It is aligned with science GLEs and compliments both the Water and Landform FOSS kits.
Program options include one classroom presentation/investigation and one fieldtrip. All participating classes are required to participate in an action project.
For more information on this program or to sign up, please contact Danielle Harrington at 753-8563 or email@example.com
Documentary: Poisoned Waters, Puget Sound DVD and Poisoned Waters Discussion
The material in the discussion guide includes 10 topics – these topics are described in this guide are intended to provide educational material and stimulate discussion on critical challenges facing all regions of America today in cleaning up and protecting our precious waterways. The Puget Sound DVD presents issues specific to our region.
South Sound Green
South Sound GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) is a collaborative watershed education program of the Thurston Conservation District involving students, businesses, agencies, and citizens. The program serves as a liaison, linking schools with their communities to investigate local watersheds.
Taking an interdisciplinary, action research approach, students monitor water quality while learning about historical and current land use to evaluate the health of watersheds. Students work with community partners on a variety of action projects undertaken to protect and enhance area watersheds. South Sound GREEN provides nearshore education field trips for students in in the GREEN program.
Participating teachers receive training and ongoing support in integrating watershed education into their curriculum. South Sound GREEN is also looking for seniors in high school who can commit to long term research and service projects in watershed science and restoration for a senior project. For more information, call Anne Mills, program coordinator for South Sound GREEN at the Thurston Conservation District, 754-3588 ext. 108. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (5/08)
Marking with Stream Team
Storm drains carry rain water to the Puget Sound or to the nearest stream, wetland or lake. Sometimes pollutants like oil and pesticides are carried with the rain water. Applying markers with the message, "No Dumping-Flows to Waterways" near storm drains is an excellent warm-weather action project for your class, and a valuable educational tool for the community. Program includes:
In Lacey, call 438-2687. In Olympia, call 753-8454, or the
TDD line, 753-8270. In Thurston County, call 754-4681, or the TDD line,
754-2933. In Tumwater, call 754-4148. (10/09)