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studentphotoSource is a customized, land-based program designed to increase student knowledge and foster awareness of watershed and storm water issues in the Puget Sound. Through various lectures and activities that take place inside the classroom and on school grounds, students learn how what they do at home can ultimately affect the health of the Puget Sound ecosystem. Using the inquiry learning model, students develop and carry out their own research projects from start to finish, investigating their local watershed for storm water quality problems and formally reporting their findings to class.

Source traditionally is a 2 week program that can be offered as an extension to our successful boat-based Sound program or can act as a stand along program for those schools unable to make it aboard the Carlyn. Source is designed with your ease in mind: we come to your school, work within your classtimes, and carry out student research directly on your school campus in an effort to minimize logistical obstacles.

Source offers:

  • Our traditional program offers 10 hours of activities, curricula, scientific investigation, and presentation production, all guided and organized by Salish staff that can be conveniently carried out entirely on your school's campus and is aligned with current state EALRs!
  • Customized curriculum development for watershed research and integration with current teaching objectives.
  • Access to sampling equipment, water quality monitoring equipment, and field resources
  • Staff consultation and classroom visits
  • End-of-year Student Science Symposium where student delegates can present their research to both Sound and Source peers, local scientists, and the community.

Feeling motivated? Source is designed to be as flexible as possible and can create customized curriculum and activities for those schools with the time and resources to travel outside the classroom to visit various sites of interest within the local watershed.


For registered schools, visit our Source page for forms and other relevant info!

Still have questions? Feel free to contact Education Director, Kristen Cann at (206)780-7848 x2# or email at

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