Education & Restoration with Local Students

In early December, 7th and 8th graders from Clallam Bay School visited the Land Trust’s Pysht River Conservation Area through North Olympic Salmon Coalition’s Real Learning Real Work program. Working in groups, students create, design, and implement their own salmon habitat restoration projects with guidance from conservation professionals.

Students take a quiet moment to observe different aspects of the river and surrounding habitat to determine how they may benefit or hinder salmon.

Over the course of the school year, they’ll have classroom lessons and a series of field trips to help them build the skills necessary to accomplish their restoration project. This was their first field trip, where they assessed the quality of the habitat along the Pysht River. With this information, each group will deliberate different ways to improve the conditions and design their restoration project in the classroom. In the spring, they’ll return to their sites to put their plans into action.

Not only is this program building skills in the field for the next generation of environmental leaders, but it is also helping these students build a deeper connection to the place they call home. North Olympic Land Trust is excited to support these local education efforts!

The day ended with a game designed to help understand all of the obstacles that a salmon must face in order to make it out to the ocean, spend a few years out there maturing, and then return to its home stream to spawn.