Teaching the Wonders of the Nisqually Watershed


Our Nisqually watershed is a very special place, with abundant wildlife, wilderness, and diverse communities. We also have challenges to face. For example, the Nisqually Glacier has been surveyed yearly since the 1930s, and has retreated on average one meter every ten days from 2003-2015, and recent preliminary data indicates that the glacial retreat rate has increased to 1.6 meters every ten days from 2013-2018.

Our threatened Steelhead and Chinook Salmon are counting on that cold, clean clear water. We have lots of important work to do and appreciate your willingness to engage your class in hands-on environmental service-learning.

See the start of the Nisqually River with NatureScene host Jim Welch along with naturalist Rudy Mancke.

Click below to see our newly updated “Where the River Begins” lessons focused on the Nisqually Glacier!

  1. Forward or Reverse
  2. Mapping the Snout


Check out this interesting article in the Vancouver Sun about the link between access to nature and mental health!  With activities like Eye On Nature field trips, salmon tossing, and water quality monitoring, we at the NREP are always trying to get kids outside and engaged with nature.  This article cites over 500 scientific studies that strongly suggest that mental health issues, childhood obesity, attention disorder, and even online bullying can be linked to limited access to nature.  Kids also have shown to do better on standardized tests when they have natural green play areas!  It is so important to get kids out and moving; it can even turn classroom troublemakers into outdoor leaders!

For more information, contact Sheila Wilson, NREP Program Director:

360.438.8715   sheila@nisquallyriver.org