Water Quality, Watersheds and Aquifers, T-Z
Farms Education and Outreach Programs
Shellfish farming has a long history in Puget Sound; in Washington it pre-dates statehood. Learn how shellfish are farmed in Puget Sound, and what happens to them once they are harvested. Field trips and tours can take place at the main headquarters/processing plant in Shelton, shellfish hatchery in Quilcene (Hood Canal), or a variety of farms throughout South Puget Sound. Tours are customized based on the needs of different groups and can include topics such as: biology, history, environment, economy, water quality, current events, culinary uses, habitat, etc. Programs can be adapted to any grade level.
Taylor Shellfish is a 5th generation family company based out of Shelton, WA with farms throughout the state. Shellfish produced in Puget Sound include manila clams, a variety of oyster species, geoduck and mussels.
Tours, field trips and classroom visits are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to schedule a visit contact Jennifer Hopper: 360-481-2417 or e-mail email@example.com. (10/09)
Video on Streamside Planting Techniques,
Shoreline Management, and Rain Gardens
Washington State University Extension has developed a series of videos intended to help people restore and protect our waterways.
"Plant it Right: Restoring our Streams," is a 17-minute program geared for students and volunteers. The video provides essential information on proper planting techniques and is full of other useful information. In the video, youth volunteers demonstrate how to plant trees and shrubs the right way. A separate 2-page (photocopy ready) fact sheet covers the same information in a succinct manner.
“Shoreline Living: Protecting Our Shorelines & Puget Sound,” is a guide for shoreline residents concerned about protecting their property and the health of the Sound. This 34-minute video, produced by WSU Extension, features experts in coastal geology, marine biology, shoreline planning, and tree maintenance. The video will:
•Explain natural processes that shape our beaches and shorelines
•Introduce marine wildlife on our beaches
•Provide help for residents who want to protect their property and Puget Sound
•Offer tips for removing weeds and replanting with beneficial native plants
•Teach good tree management techniques.
“Building a Raingarden in the Pacific Northwest.” In this 32-minute video, you'll learn the important steps to follow to site, design, construct, and maintain a beautiful landscape feature that captures and filters polluted runoff, helps prevent flooding, recharges our groundwater aquifers, and creates habitat for birds and butterflies.
These videos are available in downloadable formats on the web at: http://wawater.wsu.edu. DVDs are also available through WSU Thurston County Extension. Contact Erica Guttman at 867-2164 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (11/11)
Twelve colorful, engaging signs bring the water cycle to life, as we follow one drop on its journey. A friendly water drop describes the water cycle while it parachutes down from the clouds (precipitation), uses a headlamp to explore the aquifer (groundwater), surfs out of a hose (homes and businesses), and more. Signs are 18 by 24 inches, and come with stakes – ready to install in your school yard. Activity is most appropriate for elementary school. Contact Tikva Breuer, City of Olympia Water Resources, at 753-8793 or e-mail email@example.com.
Watershed Park Interpretive Walk (1.5 hours)
Walk on the wild side of downtown Olympia. Watershed Park has a one-mile loop trail with opportunities to learn native plants, see salmon and a fish enhancement project, and learn more about the headwaters of Moxlie Creek. Explore the water supply history of the park, and the pileated woodpeckers and other creatures that call this park home. Combining Watershed Park with a walk to historic East Bay (the mouth of Moxlie Creek) offers additional learning opportunities. For more information or to schedule a field trip, call City of Olympia Water Resources Program, 753-8454, or the TDD line, 753-8270.
Visit the WET Science Center to learn all about water: how much we use; how we clean it; and how we can conserve it. Watch our video at www.wetsciencecenter.org to see the fun, interactive exhibits that will help your students appreciate water as a precious resource. Classes may also schedule a presentation in our adjoining classroom; see our Education Menu at the above website for more information.
To schedule a visit, contact Susie Vanderburg at 360-528-5742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WET -- Water Education for Teachers
Understand how your watershed meets the needs of people and salmon. Project WET is a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are hands-on, easy to use, and fun! Activities incorporate a variety of formats: large and small group learning, whole-body activities, laboratory investigation, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects.
Project WET is available only through teacher workshops. Workshops are watershed specific, tailored to local needs, and aligned with the Essential Academic Learning Requirements. To schedule a workshop, call Rhonda Hunter, Washington State Department of Ecology, at (509) 329-3478. To find existing WET workshops, visit the web site at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/ee/index.html. (11/11)
Wild Salmon Education Trunk
The ESA listing of salmonid species highlights the need to educate Washington residents about protecting and preserving our fish and wildlife. Project Wild and the WDFW have developed "Wild Salmon Trunks" to meet the demand for community group and K-12 classroom presentations on salmonids and their recovery. These trunks contain a variety of educational tools that include: posters, videos, a slide show, overhead transparencies, visual/teaching aids, books, activity guides, educational activity instruction, and materials. The trunk and all of its contents surround three major themes that discuss how salmon are essential, how they are in danger, and how they need recovery.
For more information on the various locations of the Wild Salmon Education Trunks, or how to check them out, call Carol Gleckler at 902-2189 or John Wisner at 902-8424 at WDFW, Outreach and Education.
Woodland Creek Revegetation
Project (1 hour)
Learn why a
healthy stream needs vegetation. Hundreds of native trees have been planted