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

Beach Etiquette

  • Life on the beach is fragile!  The following video provides a good overview of the marine life in Puget Sound, and the do’s and don’ts when visiting the Puget Sound shoreline.


  • 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


Hazards on the Homefront

  • This curriculum teaches students about human health and our air, land and water.  Currently there are no classroom presentations given, though a downloadable curriculum can be found here.

Mapsthurston-county-watershed-mapIncludes the Totten, Eld, Budd/Deschutes, and Henderson basins.

Native Americans

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

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

Riparian Zone


  • Salmon, Water and Forests in the ClassroomCreated 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 andPeople and from Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide.
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  • 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 Adam Sant from South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group to schedule a field trip at 360-412-0808, ext. 107 or beginning in August.
  • Internal and External Salmon Anatomy


Stream Bugs

Stream Structure

Water Quality Curriculum- *DRAFT*

This curriculum was designed to prepare students for water quality monitoring day!

Part I will prepare students for their water quality testing day.  This draft version includes lessons on the water cycle, watersheds, stream ecology, and water quality testing.

Table of Contents

Part I Section I – ELA Performance Tasks for Storm Water and Water Quality Testing

Part I Section II – Watersheds and the Water Cycle

Part I Section III – Stream Ecology

Part I Section IV – Water Quality Parameters

Stream Ecology Power Point

Part II will focus on post-monitoring day lessons such as salmon habitat, data analysis and engineering.  We will post Part II as we finalize the draft.

Stay tuned for these updates!!

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!

My south sound watershed promise from southsoundgreen