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Teacher Professional Development: Coho Conundrum Part 1 (8 STEM clock hours)

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Calling all middle and upper elementary schools educators in Whatcom: Earn 8 STEM clock hours at Coho Conundrum, a free three-part professional development series designed to help educators looking to bring real-world issues into their classrooms.

Register for the series

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 both virtually and in-person. 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 from a scientist, teacher and local resource, Kirsten McDade
  • Learn to bring a 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

Locations: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) and RE Sources, in person*

Dates: August 3rd, 4th and 5th at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Please register by Sunday, July 25th

The lessons in this course are sequential and build off knowledge learned in previous lessons. Attendance for all three days is requested. If your schedule doesn’t permit, we hope to offer this course again. Let us know what time during the 21-22 school year works for you!

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

*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 reach out to Kirsten at

Learn more about our teacher professional development offerings.

(Salmon photo: Brett Baunton / Wild Nooksack)


August 3
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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RE Sources
2309 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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