Mountaineers Foundation: Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Congratulations to Sound Salmon Solutions and Pacific Shellfish Institute

The 2016 Paul Wiseman Conservation Education grant was divided evenly between two very deserving organizations – Sound Salmon Solutions and Pacific Shellfish Institute. The projects designed by both organizations are an inspiration for all of us dedicated to conservation education in the Salish Sea region.

Sound Salmon Solutions has put together a multi-partner collaboration between their organization, the Everett School District, Forterra and the Green Everett Partnership (GEP). The project will support the existing community forest restoration efforts being implemented in the City of Everett through the GEP by providing Everett high school students with a hands-on restoration design and planning educational experience. Students will complete a year-long project through multiple sessions led by Sound Salmon Solutions in the classroom and on site at an active habitat restoration project. As students work to solve real-world restoration design problems, they will gain valuable experience and skills that will benefit them in future career opportunities.

The Pacific Shellfish Institute is expanding a very successful Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum, first implemented in Whatcom County, to Thurston County. The Thurston County program will target students in the county’s school districts as well as local youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club. The curriculum is a place-based environmental literacy and community stewardship program focused on shellfish, pollution prevention, and ocean acidification in Puget Sound. The whole idea is to provide education that will support improved water quality in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

The Institute will also be organizing and Environmental Education Curriculum Fair in partnership with Thurston ECO Network. The fair will provide teachers and other educators an opportunity to learn more about the diverse array of environmental education offerings in south Puget Sound, meet presenters, ask question, and discover programs that would benefit their students.

Congratulations to both organizations.