Every year, nearly 350 student delegates (grades 3 through 12) attend the Student GREEN Congress at The Evergreen State College. The students have gathered water quality monitoring data throughout the school year in their respective watersheds. Led by community resource professionals, the students share their data in State of the Rivers sessions, talk about water related issues in their communities, and generate recommendations for solving problems. Other students bring art projects inspired by their watershed studies to share with their peers and discuss how to use art to inspire action in their communities to protect and restore their local waterways.
In the afternoon, community volunteers and resource professionals are on hand to conduct over 25 skill-building workshops. The workshops include living in the shadow of a volcano, making bird boxes, weaving cedar bark rope, learning how aquatic insects indicate a stream’s health, getting up close with inter-tidal creatures and shellfish, and discovering the power of nature through journaling and art.
The day concludes with students adopting the Nisqually and South Sound Watershed Action Declaration, which includes activities the students have agreed to participate in to protect and restore their local watersheds.
The Nisqually River Education Project and South Sound GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) sponsor the Congress. Delegates are from schools in South Sound (North Thurston, Olympia, Griffin and Tumwater School Districts) and Nisqually Watersheds (Yelm, Clover Park, Steilacoom, Bethel, Eatonville, and North Thurston School Districts).