Learn more about Student GREEN Congress with this presentation.
On March 23rd , the Nisqually River Education Project (NREP) and South Sound GREEN (SSG) hosted the 25th annual Student GREEN Congress at the Evergreen State College! This event is the culmination of two water quality monitoring days where students are able to compare data collected and brainstorm ways to improve their local rivers and streams. Student delegates range from 4th grade through high school and represent schools from the South Sound and Nisqually Watersheds. This year, over 400 students represented their school in a morning “State of the Rivers” session, sharing water quality data and developing action plans to improve water quality in their communities. In the afternoon, they attended educational workshops: salmon carcass dissections, making bird boxes, getting up close with stream bugs, shellfish tasting, Native American storytelling, nature journaling, fly casting, live raptors, and much more. Our 25th Anniversary is a special opportunity to recognize those who work to keep the spirit of environmental stewardship alive and recognize the importance of hands-on, science-based learning. Students were welcomed to the event by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, who prepared a video address, and Maia Bellon, director of the Washington Department of Ecology. The keynote speaker was Gene Tagaban, a member of the Takdeintaan clan, who also known as “One Crazy Raven.” Since its inauguration, Student GREEN Congress has reached thousands of students and hundreds of teachers. From the students who are just learning about their local habitats, to the teachers and volunteers who have participated for decades, Congress is a day of learning, gaining new skills, and adopting conservation plans to better local watersheds and communities.