Teach about surface water issues
School Discount Program
Provides the opportunity to waive a school's Surface Water Management fee for teaching about ecology, clean water, runoff and stormwater.
- Elementary Stormwater Runoff Education Resource Guide
- Secondary Stormwater Runoff Education Resource Guide
Adopting a Stream: A Northwest Handbook
(1991) ($15) and Adopting a Wetland: A Northwest Guide (1993) ($5). (The Streamkeeper's Catalog) Basic information about streams and wetlands, monitoring, educational activities and enhancement projects. Adopt-A- Stream Foundation, 600 - 128th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208. 425-316-8592 or email.
Wetland education and training resources
Washington State Department of Ecology. Activities and resources on wetlands for grades K-12.
Hands On Save Our Streams
The Save Our Streams Teacher's Manual (Second ed., 1994). 215 page curriculum with primary, middle and high school sections provides background, lesson plans and activities to illustrate stream health issues. Covers watershed dynamics, water monitoring and land use planning. To order, go online at Izaak Walton League of America, email for a catalog or call 800-284-4952 Extension 5.
Bringing salmon & watersheds into your classroom. This curriculum for grades 4-6 is available from Pacific Science Center. Includes a comprehensive resource section. Call 206-443-2870 or write PSC, 200 Second Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109.
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
An Educator's Guide (1995) : Seventy pages of background information and 40 activities for grades K-12 on wetlands: identification, plants, animals, soils and issues.
Environmental Education resources
Clearing: Environmental Education in the Pacific Northwest
A magazine for environmental educators. Provides information about programs, workshops, conferences and teaching activities; reviews resource material. Larry Beutler, John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 S. Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, OR 97045 or email.
A colorful, easy-to-read "game plan" for keeping the Puget Sound region healthy. Covers recycling, hazardous waste, wastewater, and environmentally sound practices for home, lawn and boat. An excellent teaching resource for $3 plus tax and shipping. Marine Science Center, P.O. Box 2079, Poulsbo, WA 98370. 360-779-5549 or email. Check out this and other marine education resources at Poulsbo Marine Science Center.
Exhibits and classes at the Aquarium, mobile field lab and other traveling presentations, teacher workshops and K-12 classroom materials on marine animals, the marine environment and how to preserve it. 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, 206-693-6196 or email.
King County Wastewater Treatment Division
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 503 Seattle, WA 98104.
King County Water and Land Resources Division
Water and Land Resources has a variety of materials and programs on watersheds, water quality, wetlands, streams and salmon. In addition to written materials and displays, WLR offers classroom visits, grants, storm drain stenciling, carwash kits, native plant salvaging, streamside plantings and workshops. 201 S. Jackson St., # 600, Seattle, WA 98104, 206-296-6519.
Washington State Department of Ecology
Many free publications and resources: curriculum guides, teacher workshops. Volunteer opportunities, research aids, grants and more. Other resources include Wetland Walks, a guide to Washington's public access wetlands, and the short and funny Fabulous Wetlands video.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
School programs and publications about salmon, fisheries and other wildlife. Offers Salmon in Your Classroom, salmon education trunks and many links to other useful sites. Bonnie Long, WDFW, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091, 360-902-8308 or email.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Check out the environmental education portal for training opportunities, grants, curricula, speakers, technical assistance, publications and teaching kits at EPA: Environmental Education Clearinghouse or 1-800-424-4EPA (4372). Written materials and environmental programs are available locally as well, including a manual and teachers guide to Streamwalk, a program to involve citizens in monitoring stream health. 1200 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101, 206-553-1200.