NOAA Educational Resources

Columbia River Basin Research

Conservation Northwest is a nonprofit organization committed to connecting and protecting old-growth forests and other wild areas throughout the state of Washington and into British Columbia. They have a variety of potential volunteer projects, including Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project and their Adopt-A-Wilderness program, that are amenable to the development of environmental service-learning projects.

Curriculum for the Bioregion. Washington Center at The Evergreen State College is hosting a curriculum for the bioregion project that helps faculty to integrate sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum. The conference and events are good opportunities to meet potential higher education partners and the many of the resources on the website are applicable to K-12 audiences as well.

Dungeness Crab, from Snohomish County Public Works, Surface Water Management

Eelgrass, from Snohomish County Public Works, Surface Water Management

Forage Fish, from Snohomish County Public Works, Surface Water Management

“Give Water a Hand” Student Watershed Action Guide

“Give Water a Hand” Teacher Guidebook

Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School. The LEAF School at Edmonds Community College is a service-learning program that integrates AmeriCorps into the college curriculum. Partnerships with tribes, governments, nonprofit organizations and business and industry provide students an opportunity to collectively work to make our local communities more sustainable while learning about human interactions with our ecosystem. LEAF School students are available to help assist teachers with the planning and to serve as mentors in the implementation of meaningful watershed education experiences. K-12 teachers and advanced high school students are also welcome to enroll for one or more intensive two-week summer programs and may be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award of $1,000-$2,362 after the completion of 300-900 hours of service.

Mathematics Across the Curriculum. The websites below are focused on strategies for integrating mathematics into courses across the college and university curriculum. Although the focus is on higher education, the resource pages will be valuable and many of the sample assignments could be adapted for the high school level. The faculty involved are also good candidates for a partnership with higher education. The LEAF School is featured in several sample projects.

NatureMapping Activities and Data Collection Protocols


NOAA Lesson Plan

NOAA Ocean Service EducationNOAA Multimedia pod casts / online videos

Pacific Education Institute’s “Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Process”

Place-Based Education Research

Puget Sound Partnership Educational Resources

Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups. Regional fisheries enhancement groups engage local citizens in salmon restoration activities. Created by the Washington State Legislature in 1990, these groups are organized as nonprofit organizations and are an excellent resource for assistance with in-class instruction and service-learning activities in your local community. Visit the statewide website below to find your local fisheries enhancement group and spark a conversation about possible partnerships.

Restoration Ecology for Young Stewards (REYS). REYS is a project and inquiry-based curriculum with classroom activities and field trips designed to teach youth in grades 5-8 about the ecology of Puget Sound. The full curriculum is available for download and can be adapted to other regions of the state as well. Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force is one of 14 regional groups focused on getting citizens involved in restoring fisheries and fish habitat.

Sierra: Empty Sound

Staff Development Lesson Plan on “Poetry and Sense of Place”

StreamNet – Fish Data for the Northwest

Surf Your Watershed

The Rivers Project – Stormwater Stenciling Projects and more

Tides and currents lesson plans

US Environmental Protection Agency – “Adopt your Watershed” Site

US Environmental Protection Agency’s “After the Storm” regarding stormwater runoff

US Environmental Protection Agency – Non-Point Pollution Resources

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Information and Data – look for “My Environment” on bottom left of page – you can enter your zip code and a wide range of data regarding water issues, pollutants and other environmental measures for your specific location.

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Watershed Curriculum Links

US Geological Survey Water Resources

Washington Campus Compact is a consortium of college and university presidents committed to civic engagement and service-learning. Washington Campus Compact’s Retention Project provides full-time AmeriCorps members to participating campuses to facilitate mentoring relationships between college students and at-risk youth in middle and high school. Retention Project members are available to help connect college students with your meaningful watershed education experiences.

Washington on Water (WOW) is an online database for K-12 educators seeking marine education resources throughout Washington – from interior watersheds to the outer coast.

Watershed Information Network – Building Watershed Partnerships

Watershed online quiz – test your watershed knowledge and learn the facts!


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