The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG), in partnership with the U.S. EPA, awarded over $13,000 in grant funding for 9 projects that support local K-12 West Sound/Hood Canal educators! These funds will be used for professional development, field equipment, or supplies, and most importantly, support environmental education efforts.
Congratulations to the following schools and organizations! We cannot wait to see how your project promotes environmental learning and stewardship to our community’s K-12 students.
1. Sandhill Elementary
Project: Wetlands Field Trip
Transportation for multiple class levels visiting the Salmon Center and Theler Wetlands, Supported by HCSEG on site education activities.
2. Belfair Elementary
Project: School Garden Project
Adding a center piece to the school garden, including circular benches and sundial pedestal.
3. Belfair Elementary
Project: SITC System Update
Replacing crucial, outdated Salmon In The Classroom aquarium equipment.
4. Pioneer Elementary
Project: SITC Aquarium Update
Replacing broken/leaking tank which failed during 2017-18 program.
5. Evergreen Elementary
Project: Migration Parade
A ‘Migration Parade’ event in culmination of 2nd grade units on local wildlife, migratory patterns, habitats, biodiversity and pollinator species.
6. Salish Sea School
Project: Salish Sea Guide
Experiential Education Guide focused on the environment of the Salish Sea, including a variety of activities, conservation topics and locally relevant information.
7. Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI)
Project: Plant-A-Thon 2019
A multi-part program including training of Quilcene, Chimacum and Port Townsend High School age mentors, Middle School age restoration site visits, and a culminating restoration event on Tarboo Creek salmon habitat.
8. Jefferson Land Trust (JLT)
Project: Learning About Place
Quilcene and Brinnon experiential education curriculum facilitation focused on habitat restoration, water quality, native plants and riparian wildlife along Donovan creek.
9. Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC)
Project: Bremerton Urban Roots
A program for under served, low income teenagers in Bremerton to learn about local environments through service projects and outdoor experiential learning. Program includes field trips to local parks, farms and preserves while also caring for a small community garden.