When you invest in youth, you invest in our future. Our education programs focus on applying STEM skills learned in the classroom to real environmental issues within our communities. Not only do our programs help plant future forests, but they also help create future stewards of the natural world. The more we know about salmon and their needs, the better equipped we are to make informed decisions about how we choose to act. Schools, organizations, teachers and students all benefit from our watershed and restoration education programs.

We have several K-12 programs happening in both Jefferson and Clallam Counties. We can also tailor classroom visits, service learning projects and educational interests to your needs. Please contact us if you are interested in having us present to your club, class, or community group. Our staff is experienced in education of a wide variety of environmental topics including salmon biology and/or life history, riparian processes and restoration, watershed health and processes, stormwater pollution prevention, ecosystem interconnectivity, and many other subjects.

If you are interested in volunteering with our education programs, please contact us at outreach@nosc.org or call (360) 379-8051.

Check out some of our currently on-going education programs below.
                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Real Learning Real Work: Restoration Techniques in Action
  • Students work alongside real restoration professionals at real restoration sites learning the techniques they use everyday
  • Restoration sites throughout Jefferson and Clallam Counties
  • 2-3 classroom visits by our education team and 2-3 field visits lead students through the creation of real world revegetation plans, on site planting, and subsequent site maintenance
  • Possibilities to tailor program to your school or organization’s needs – Contact us to learn about how these programs get their funding and how we can make it work for you

Climate Curriculum
  • Students attend a series of activities at Finnriver Farm where we have our native plant nursery, an active streamside restoration site, and an orchard full of trees to practice forest quality assessments all in one place!
  • While in the field, students connect tree health with climate, carbon sequestration and riparian restoration

Salmon Days
  • Classroom visits and all-school assemblies on a variety of salmon topics
  • Outdoor educational games with FIN, our giant traveling salmon
  • 300+ students at Grant Street Elementary school participate in this program
  • More schools welcome! Appropriate for grades K-6th

Senior Projects and High School Mentorship
  • Local high school students work with NOSC staff to complete senior projects
  • Commitment of 50 volunteer hours
  • Connecting the next generation of environmental leaders to tools and resources, experts in the field, and partner organizations

Chimacum Creek Stewards
  • Fish counting
  • Macroinvertebrate studies
  • Service Learning Projects – Tree plantings, invasive species removal
  • 150+ students at Chimacum Middle School participate in this program
  • More classes/home schools welcome! Appropriate for grades 4th – 8th

Watershed Stewards
  • Classroom visits, indoor and outdoor lessons
  • “Who Works with Salmon?”
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program
  • Service Learning Projects – Stormdrain marking
  • 40+ students at Blue Heron Middle School and Swan School participate in this program
  • Other classes and schools welcome! Appropriate for grades 4th – 8th

Tracking the Dragon

Explore the pages of the full-color, richly illustrated Tracking the Dragon game book created in 1990 by our predecessors, Wild Olympic Salmon. Using clues in the book, search for the Dragon Tracks hidden throughout the watershed of East Jefferson County. Can be done as a class, a family or an individual.

Email outreach@nosc.org or stop by the office to purchase books, $15 each


FIN the Migrating Salmon (Oncorhynchus bodacicus giganticus)

You have to see FIN to believe her. Our 25-foot long summer chum sculpture that you can climb inside! Incredible.

To request FIN visit your school as part of a NOSC education program, please contact Nancy at nerreca@nosc.org


Citizen Action Training School

In 2014, 137 citizens from throughout the Puget Sound region completed the Citizen Action Training School program, a two-year project coordinated by seven of the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, of which NOSC is one. Students completed fifty-hour volunteer projects designed to improve the health of Puget Sound and surrounding waters, after studying watershed science, environmental regulations, and project planning. Classes and field trips featured local experts, and gave these citizens an opportunity to interact face-to-face.

“I liked the diversity – from teachers, to tribal employees, scientists to county/city employees, and also an irrigation district owner- very helpful!” said one participant.

CATS demonstrated the impact of the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups working in coordination to create tangible benefits throughout the Puget Sound region. Here on the North Peninsula, CATS students engaged with local officials to address storm water management, worked with the Marine Resources Committee to explore removal of bulkheads on private properties, and tackled neighborhood storm drain problems – among other successes.

 


If you would like to schedule a presentation, site tour, workshop or volunteer project with your community group, please email us at outreach@nosc.org