Healthy Watersheds

Central Elementary kids! You have been learning about healthy watersheds. Remember:

A pervious surface allows rain water to soak into the soil. Pros: waters the plants, refills the ground water supply, reduces toxic runoff into streams and ocean. Farms, yards, and natural areas are pervious surfaces.

An impervious surface does not allow water to soak into the soil. Cons: water does not penetrate the soil to water plants and refill groundwater. Toxic chemicals quickly runoff into streams and the ocean. Paved roads, parking lots, and rooftops are examples of impervious surfaces. 

Nice job with your drawings. We posted a few here and in the Student Gallery!


Central Elementary 5th

Our field trip day at Birch Bay State Park  was beautiful! We hope you all had a ton of fun! Please tell us something you learned from one of the rotations: water quality, clam survey, and the indoor stations. What is the most interesting thing you learned? Is there anything you didn't understand and would like answered? Did you learn anything that made you want to change your actions to protect the environment? 

Birch Bay Field Trip with Lynden Christian

Garden of the Salish Sea really enjoyed working with all of you 3rd graders from Lynden Christian Elementary! Here are some photos we took from the clam survey. Please comment below and tell us your favorite part: clam survey, water quality and macro-invertebrates, or one of the indoor stations?  Tell us what you liked. You can also ask questions you forgot or weren't answered on the trip! 

 Lynden Christian 3rd grade class, 2017. 

Lynden Christian 3rd grade class, 2017. 

Chuckanut Field Trip with Wade King

Wade King 3rd graders! Thanks for joining us on our field trip at Chuckanut Bay. We did a clam survey, studied tidal ecology, and tested the water quality. We enjoyed getting muddy digging up clams, checking out stream bugs (macroinvertebrates), and learning about tidepool creatures.

We would like you all to comment below to tell us your favorite part, something you learned, or ask us a question about something you've learned! 

 Wade King 3rd graders after the clam survey! Totally muddy but still excited!

Wade King 3rd graders after the clam survey! Totally muddy but still excited!

Our Boundary Bay

Welcome students of Blaine and White Rock! Thank you for visiting our blog. This is a great resource you will be able to use to share experiences of your local waters with students internationally!

Blaine and White Rock not only share an international border - U.S. and Canada - but they also share a watershed. That watershed is the Boundary Bay! 

In the comment section below, we would love for you all to write about some of your favorite beaches around the Boundary Bay, and the inter-tidal organisms (animals and sea vegetables) you've encountered.  If anyone has any great stories of exploration around the bay please share! What makes these places so special for you and worth taking care of?



Blaine Elementary School Washington, 5th Grade & Leadership Academy

We are excited to bring the Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum 2015 to your school! We hope that you will be excited about the awesome things you are learning about shellfish and the intertidal environment as part of the unit. Please share some of the facts you learn and experiences you have, like doing cool experiments, visit to the Drayton Harbor oyster farm your Salish Sea Challenge or your service learning project. You can look at the comments posted by students at other schools below.  Please add your comments!

Wade King Elementary School 3rd Grade Bellingham Washington, Puget Sound

We are excited to begin the Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum 2015 at your school! We hope that you will be excited about the awesome things you are about to learn about shellfish as part of the unit. Please share some of the facts you learn and experiences you have, like doing cool experiments, participating in a Whatcom County Marine Resource Committee clam survey and your Salish Sea Challenge.  Please add your comment below.

Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum, Whatcom County School program: 2012-2013

In 2013, 205 students and 9 classes earned the Salish Sea Steward Award through hands-on shellfish studies in the classroom, in the field and by practicing watershed friendly habits to protect the Salish Sea.

When twenty students out of 25 in a Blaine 5th grade class “scoop the poop”, that’s a load of prevention at 23 million fecal bacteria per gram!

Teachers said: 

  • “The students really took this activity seriously because it is in their 'backyard.'"
  • “Some of them [students] didn't even know about the issue of ocean acidification. I would hate for this program to disappear because it teaches students about information that is pertinent to them.”
  • “Blaine Harbor is our neighborhood! The children learned ways to keep their harbor environmentally clean and safe.”

Is there a special place on the shores of the Salish Sea near your home that you want to protect?  Where is it and what habit do you pledge to practice to keep it clean and healthy?

Coastal forum: Share experiences and solutions to environmental challenges.

Coastal communities around the globe, wherever shellfish are grown and food is harvested from the oceans, have a stake in a healthy marine environment.  Through communication, students and their communities can share experiences and ideas that lead to solving environmental and social challenges.  We hope teachers, families and communities use this forum to further education and understanding between people who are working to conserve and restore marine resources wherever they live.   This can be done through a sister school or pen pal approach, sharing letters, pictures, artwork and scholarly exchange. Share your ideas about environmental challenges and how we can address them. Post something cool about shellfish that you have learned or a scientific website that you've discovered. Communicate with students in another location, in another country at a sister city or sister school. The idea of this forum is to get us talking about shellfish and marine resource issues around the world.