Summer Institute for Teachers 2019

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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

June 24, 25, 26, 2019

“Climate Change and Endangered Species”

Day 1: Endangered Species Overview

Billy B and the Salish Sea 

  • Water Quality, Climate Change, Behavior Change

Killer Whales and Climate Change- Cindy Hansen, Whale’s Tail Orca Network’s Education and Outreach Coordinator

  • Be Whale Wise, including guidelines for boaters, paddlers and viewers
  • NOAA video (Link TBA) 

Endangered, Threatened or At Risk? – Rachel Stendahl

Animal Olympics  

  • Wildlife-inspired exercise game (Run like an Elk, hop like a Grasshopper, dip like a Dipper, etc!)


Break out Sessions Rotations:

Endangered Species Jeopardy & Endangered Species Board Game – Rachel Stendahl

Be A Scientist – Stephanie Bishop

Animals at Risk of Climate Change -The Global Education Project – Sheila Wilson

Billy B Tips and tricks for educators as entertainers and keeping things hopeful

Orca Jenga and Lego Ocean Acidification – Chrissy Webb 

Framing Climate Change for Younger Audiences Candyce Lund Bollinger, parent educator/private parenting counselor 

Day 2: Field Trip Day! 

Seagrasses of Puget Sound: Ecology, Monitoring & Restoration– Jeff Gaeckle, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Resources Division 

Field trip stations: 

Nisqually Reach Nature Center

  • Dungeness Crab, Puget Sound Ocean Acidification and Light Traps – Margaret Homerding, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Shellfish Biologist & Katie Houle, Pacific Shellfish Institute 
  • Tour of National Fish and Oyster Company (Facebook page) – Sheila Wilson

Tolmie State Park 

Amphibians and Climate Change Marc Hayes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 


Day 3: Curriculum Resources, Presentations, and Planning Time

Effects of Climate Change on Birds – Kim Dolgin, Black Hills Audubon 

Shark and Rockfish of Puget Sound– Lisa Hillier, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

NOAA’s Dungeness Crab Tool Kit– Nicole Harris, Education Specialist, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; Kelsey Donahue & Barbara Bennett, Scientist V, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Seasonal Rounds of the People of Cascadia, Heidi Bohan, author


Environmental Education Buffet … Choice Time!