Both of our curricula include a pre-program assessment, classroom lesson, field study trip, stewardship event, and reflective classroom lesson. To request PDF copies of any curriculum or science journal, email our Education Program Manager.
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 works well for 4th-5th grade classes.
Forests and Fins
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. Students work in small groups to analyze the riparian zone, look for macroinvertebrates (stream bugs), test water quality, and evaluate the stream channel. This curriculum works well for 5th-8th grade classes.
Pre/Post Assessment: English and Spanish; Answer Key
Science Journal (The updated Spring 2024 version will be uploaded soon!)
Supplemental: Virtual Field Trip and Video Series
An important part of both our curricula is the stewardship event. Students build on the classroom lessons and field trip by taking action to improve habitat health for salmon and other wildlife. Depending on the season, they plant native trees and shrubs or remove blackberry and ivy.
Supplemental: Our new Stewardship Activity Guide helps deepen your students’ understanding of environmental stewardship and how they can make positive change in their communities and beyond.