Dec 06

Our Environmental Education Program is Impacting Kids' Lives Throughout Pierce County

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:14 AM by Allan Warren

Since 2015, Pierce Conservation District has organized the Children’s Water Festival, an annual event for local 5th graders. Now entering its 17th year, the Festival continues to showcase the valuable environmental education resources here in our community. Roughly 120 volunteers from local agencies, education organizations and the community at large come together each year to make

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Sep 04

Updates from our Environmental Education Team

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:40 AM by Allan Warren

EE Photo4th grade students visited Morse Wildlife Preserve with our Environmental Education team earlier this summer to learn about prairies and wetlands and help our partners at Forterra with restoration at this critical site.


Learning doesn’t end with the school year, so our EE program has been hard at work this summer. In addition to hosting two summer day camps in the Salishan neighborhood, we visited partner camps throughout the summer months. We made stops at the

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Jun 10

Envirothon Champions Crowned and Children's Water Festival Recap

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 8:32 AM by Allan Warren

Envirothon PhotoStudents of the winning team from Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI) look forward to participating in the state Envirothon competition later this spring.

PCD took on the role of coordinating the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon competition this year, which took place on April 18th at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. A total of 18 teams competed for the right to go to the state competition in May in Carnation. They tackled the topics of Forestry, Soil, Aquatic Ecology and Wildlife, along with this year’s current topic: Agriculture and the Environment.

Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute took first place overall for the region, and will represent Pierce County at the state competition. CASEE, hailing from Clark County, took 2nd overall, and North Thurston High School took home top honors in their county. CHOICE High School was the Mason County winner and Napavine High School will represent Lewis County at state. Congratulations to all the county winners!
Jenn Stebbings, our close partner from the Port of Tacoma, was one of 120 volunteers that helped engage over 700 students and make the 2019 Children’s Water Festival a success.
Entering its 16th year, The Children’s Water Festival was held on March 19th at the University of Puget Sound. In what might be our most successful year yet since we started coordinating in 2015, roughly 700 students enjoyed a (sunny) day of learning about water and its importance. It took 120 volunteers to make it happen, and we want to thank all those who played a part in this year’s Festival. For more on this event, including pictures, visit our Environmental Education page on our website: