The Mountains to Sound Greenway Education Program offers four curriculums for 4th-12th grade students in King County.
Learn how our curriculums support the Next Generation Science Standards here.
Next Generation Stewards
Forests and Fins
Forests on the Edge
Next Generation Stewards (Grades 4-5)
Next Generation Stewards broadens students’ understanding of the connections among the parts of a Pacific Northwest forest. Students record their observations and reflections in a science journal and, during a reflective lesson, take a pledge to become a 'Next Generation Steward of the Greenway.' (This curriculum was previously called Forest Ecosystems).
Next Generation Stewards Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Next Generation Stewards In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Next Generation Stewards Field Study Trip (pdf)
Forests and Fins (Grades 5-8)
Focuses on stream/forest ecology and the life cycle of salmon. Students complete a mock stream survey in the classroom in preparation to do a real stream survey on the field study trip. Participants analyze the riparian zone, look for macro-invertebrates, test water quality and evaluate the stream channel. Teams of students present their results.
Forests and Fins Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Forests and Fins In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Forests and Fins Field Study Trip (pdf)
Forests and Fins Extension Activity (pdf)
Forests on the Edge (Grades 5-12)
Inspires dialogue between students. Students are encouraged to answer the question: What is the best way to use the remaining forest lands that border urban areas? Students are divided into groups and after completing a hands-on activity engage in presentations to advocate their views.
Forests on the Edge Introductory Lesson (pdf)
Forests on the Edge In-Class Lesson (pdf)
Forests on the Edge Field Study Trip (pdf)
Forests on the Edge Extension Activity (pdf)
Biodiversity Project (Grades 9-12)
Evaluates the biodiversity of Lake Sammamish State Park through hands-on field observation and data collection. In general, the greater the biodiversity in an ecosystem, the more resilient that ecosystem is to changes in environmental conditions.
Biodiversity Background Reading: Half Earth (pdf)
Biodiversity Background Reading: Wild Salmon (pdf)
Biodiversity Intro Activity (pdf)
Biodiversity Field Project (pdf)