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Capital Region ESD 113
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Watershed Education for South Sound Adjudicated Youth
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2020
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation
South Sound; ; The Deschutes River Watershed very close to the estuary into Budd Inlet in the South Puget Sound. Students will be learning about how to preserve and protect the Deschutes River and its tributaries and in turn, influencing the Southern Puget Sound.
Project Description:

This request would help to fund a new watershed education program for adjudicated youth in the South Sound. A new environmental education program is being implemented at the Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center in Olympia, Washington. This program includes weekly watershed education workshops or field experiences for adjudicated youth age 12-17. The program is coordinated by a regional science educator who will bring local environmental professionals to give workshops on a wide variety of topics including
water quality, salmon habitat, ocean acidification, micro plastics, waste water, surface water runoff, local wildlife, native plants and environmental jobs. The youth will also be able to attend field experience and restoration work in nearby locations led by local environmental organizations such as Thurston Conservation District, Pacific Shellfish Institute, Lott Clean Water Alliance, Thurston County Water Resources, Wolf Haven International, Pacific Education Institute and others. The youth will learn how to be better environmental
stewards and gain an understanding of their local environments. All the activities will be centered around the Deschutes watershed and Budd Inlet and will be focused on improving local water quality.