Tree Planting

Each year, the Nisqually River Education Project partners with the Nisqually Land Trust to get students out to plant trees along the Nisqually River and its tributaries.

Check out this short video to learn how and why we plant trees!

Want to schedule a tree planting field trip? Email

Before Your Trip

Use this Nearpod Lesson, this presentation, or contact us for a pre-trip class visit to prepare your students to get their hands dirty!

Past Restoration Projects

Ohop Valley Restoration

Use this presentation to prep your class for a trip out to Ohop valley for tree planting!

Ohop Creek was ditched and cleared of riparian vegetation almost 100 years ago. It is a priority for restoration and clean-up because of its usage by multiple species of salmon and its significant contribution to the life history diversity of the threatened population of Chinook salmon. NREP will bring about 500 students to help with habitat restoration in the Ohop Valley this fall.

The Ohop Tree Planting Worksheet will help students understand the goals of the Ohop restoration work.  Throughout the presentation you’ll find white, underlined words that will answer the blanks on the worksheet. Here is a key to make it easy for the teacher! Students draw their own meandering stream on the back of the sheet once we reach the meander definition slide. Eventually when you review the plants used in the restoration students will pick two and draw them next to their streams with labels.

Check out this fly-over of the restoration site! We are in the process of creating a video that will show the viewer phases 1, 2, and 3 of the project, and it will provide  a little background information.

Learn more about the Ohop Creek Restoration Project at



Red Salmon Creek Restoration

Working in coordination with Nisqually Stream Stewards, Nisqually Land Trust, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife, the Nisqually River Education Project connects students to the Red Salmon Creek restoration work. Students and volunteer groups will help plant 2.5 acres of what once was farmland. These plants will help restore riparian zone ecological functions including leaf litter, contributing large woody debris, and shade. This area will go on to benefit the Band-tailed Pigeon; a species listed as vulnerable by the Washington Audubon Society.

We’ve also created a Red Salmon Creek Tree Planting worksheet to go along with the presentation! The darker, underlined words will fill the blanks in order. And there is still space on the back for drawing a meandering stream and riparian vegetation!

More resources….

Plant It Right! This video covers the importance of tree planting and the basic how-to instructions.

Northwest Conifer Identification Activity In this activity students learn to identify our native Northwest conifers through the use of a dichotomous key.

Project Learning Tree Curriculum For the active teacher who is looking for help in lesson planning a new unit, or a teacher who is starting a new curriculum, PLT is a fantastic place to go. The hands-on approach and critical thinking requirements of each lesson fulfill the expectations of today’s classroom.

Tree Benefit Calculator The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual trees provide, including carbon fixation, stormwater infiltration, air quality and more!

Washington Native Plant Society’s Starflower Habitat Education Activities and Resources is amazing!  “…includes hands-on activities for teachers and students, native plant identification cards useful for all, weed identification cards especially handy for individuals engaged in restoring habitat, and informational posters to alert others to the joys of native plants, as well as a helpful guide for those interested in establishing a native plant garden.”

Nisqually Stream Stewards Fun for the whole family! NSS provides additional opportunities for further involvement in restoring the Nisqually Watershed.

Check out this awesome animation from the NOAA Salmon Project that explains why armored shorelines are so detrimental to juvenile salmon populations.