Program Overview

The Nisqually River Project (NREP) is a watershed education program which implements key elements of the Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan, providing students service learning projects that link Washington State learning goals and standards with local environmental issues, inspiring stewardship of the Nisqually Watershed and the world. The Nisqually River Education Project has a proven history of successfully implementing watershed based education and environmental action projects which engages students and teachers in protecting and enhancing the water quality and salmon habitat of the Nisqually River watershed. By making the involvement of schools possible, the NREP directly supports the efforts of the Nisqually River Council and the Nisqually Tribe in creating a healthier Nisqually River and the preservation of its fisheries and shellfish resources.

Each year, the NREP actively involves hundreds of student participants in an on-going water quality monitoring program. These students then engage in problem-solving and action education projects. For example, some students strive to enhance depressed salmon habitat by working on stream restoration projects at key sites in the Nisqually watershed. Other students create educational outreach presentations and materials about non-point pollution prevention. In short, the NREP seeks to create a new generation of students who have a true sense of stewardship for the Nisqually River watershed and the southern Puget Sound.

The Nisqually River Education Project is a vital component of the over-arching efforts of the Nisqually River Council to achieve its programmatic goals of protecting the health and integrity of this extraordinary watershed.

The NREP works with teachers and students throughout the entire watershed. For more information, please contact Sheila Wilson, the NREP Program Director, at 360-438-8715 ext 2153 or

 Click here to see “My Nisqually Watershed Pledge” and learn how you can help protect water quality!
Click here for the results of NREP’s 2012-13 Student Survey