Grant funding will help educate 1,000 educate students from Thurston and Pierce Counties, and well as an additional 1,350 community members about what lives in the Puget Sound and inspire them to prevent pollution in their everyday lives. From their Olympia-based Estuarium, South Sound Estuary Association will advertise and coordinate the distribution of STEM and NGSS aligned water quality school estuary kit in north Thurston and south Pierce Counties. The hands-on water quality classroom activities and curriculum in the kit were developed with past Rose Foundation’s assistance to educate students about pollution prevention in Puget Sound. These kits specifically target K-12 students that come from disadvantaged neighborhoods. In 2018, the program reached 3,318 K-12 students in their classrooms, and an additional 2,426 beachgoers through SSEA’s Meet the Beach program. Funding will also sponsor the water quality station for North Thurston Public Schools during students’ “On the Water” field trip. For some students, this will be their first experience in seeing Puget Sound from the water. They may have never seen the log rafts in the water on West Bay, armored shoreline bulkheads and docks, or the abundance of wildlife that lives in and around this marine ecosystem. Funding will also support production of a tri-fold version of SSEA’s Making a Difference poster which anchors their outreach booth at numerous local community events. At these events, SSEA will test versions of a Puget Sound pledge and interactive prompts to change behavior that includes tips individuals can make to prevent pollution, conserve water, and reduce their carbon footprint.
South Sound Estuary Association
Explore • Connect • Inspire! ~ Puget Sound Water Quality
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2019