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Coho Conundrum: Stormwater and Salmon

March 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

  • When: Saturday, March 5th 9 am-4 pm (with breaks)
  • Who: Middle and upper elementary schools educators
  • STEM clock hours: 8
  • Where: NSEA Campus Instructors: Pollution Prevention Specialist, Kirsten McDade, and Education Specialist Sasha Savoian

Note: This training will be IN PERSON. We are requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and reserve the right to reschedule in an alternative format if circumstances require. If your circumstances disallow you to be vaccinated, please contact us individually ( Coho Conundrum is a 3 part professional development series designed to help Middle and Upper Elementary educators looking to bring real-world issues into their classrooms. This series will focus on a local anchoring question: Why are Coho Salmon dying? Educators (playing the part of a student), will walk through multiple sequential transferable lessons with content relating to salmon lifecycle, water quality, and human impacts on the environment. Lessons incorporate hands-on experiments, data analysis, modeling, mapping and tips to implement. Educators will spend time in multiple learning environments. This series is designed to support 3-D NGSS performance expectations for the middle school grade band, though the material can be altered to reach upper elementary as well. Much of the course will be offered in an outdoor setting. Participants will:

  • Earn 8 STEM clock hours
  • Learn to bring real-world local phenomena into their classrooms
  • Gain expertise in understanding the different types of contaminants in water and how this affects not only salmon but orcas and eventually human health.
  • Be exposed to different hands-on tools and experiments that can be transferred to classroom use.
  • Learn how to engage their students to take what they are learning and put it into action.
  • Collaborate with colleagues

As always, our programs are free. For more information and to register for Coho Conundrum please click here to register by Friday, February 25th! Or contact Kirsten at

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What teachers are saying: “Engaging students in the issues in our community is so worthwhile” – teacher, Coho Conundrum participant, Fall 2021 “Very informative and inspiring educators to take action” – teacher, Coho Conundrum participant, Fall 2021


March 5, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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