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Feb 24

Updates from our Environmental Education Program

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 12:50 PM by Allan Warren

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Envirothon is a fun way for high school students to gain valuable knowledge and experience in natural resource conservation. Our Environmental Education team helps students get ready for regional and statewide competitions with a series of workshops each spring.

ENVIROTHON


One of the programs PCD supports is Envirothon, a high school competition focused on natural resources. Teams compete at a regional event for the right to attend the state competition. The South Sound region includes teams from Pierce, Thurston, Mason and other surrounding Counties. At the regional event, which is held at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, teams rotate between stations such as aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and soil. They also deliver an oral presentation on the year’s current topic, this year being water resources. To help students prepare, PCD solicits partners to host workshops on the various topics. For example, students are invited to the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound to learn more about local wildlife.

Visit our Envirothon page to learn more, and best of luck to this year’s teams as they look to earn their way to state and beyond! 

NEW YEAR, NEW POSTER CONTEST!
NACD poster contest logo

This year’s National Association ofConservation Districts (NACD) postercontest theme ispollinators and their importance. Students are encouraged to share their love of pollinators through art. For more information on how students can enter, contact our EE program.


NACD poster contest logo
NACD poster contest logo
OFF AND RUNNING 2020

As the calendar turned over to 2020, our Environmental Education team wasted no time picking up where they left off. Between now and the end of the school year, we will host afterschool garden clubs in Tacoma, deliver water programs throughout the county, attend several school STEM Fairs, coordinate the Children’s Water Festival, support both the regional and state Envirothon competitions, and more! We hope we’ll cross paths with you in our busy spring season!
 
GLACIER MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT

After receiving a Green Partnership Fund grant from Pierce Conservation District, Glacier Middle School in Buckley is getting ready to tackle a restoration project along the White River. Eighth grade students, who previously learned about native and invasive plants, river systems and restoration on a fall field trip will install hundreds of native plants this spring as they put their learning into action. In partnership with PCD, they will also look to restore sections of trail at the site so the school can use it for outdoor learning in the future.