Did you know that the Foundation has an entire section on the website dedicated to education resources? We have created and curated a collection of resources that can be used by parents and educators. We continue to add more information for visitors to the site when we create or find something that we believe would be valuable for helping others learn about the environment.
We began creating and collecting educational resources during the pandemic when so many parents and guardians were suddenly finding themselves in the role of teacher. Our goal was to encourage people to get out and learn about the environment and gain a greater appreciation of the complexity of our landscapes and waterways. After all, our mission is to promote actions and foster understanding to inspire conservation at the Rhododendron Preserve and throughout the Salish Sea region. One of the most effective ways to do this is through sharing information that gives you the tools to inspire and educate others, including your children.
Some of our education resources, such as scavenger hunts and bingo cards, were created based on the Preserve, but they could transfer to other natural spaces without much difficulty. And, many of the resources were originally developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Among our newest offerings will be a collection of short videos and slideshows about salmon. These were created by South Kitsap High School students and are available for home and classroom use. As part of their class, the students participated in a field trip to the Preserve and Chico Salmon Park during spawning season. They got to experience a healthy old growth forest, Hidden Valley which is undergoing restoration, and the ongoing restoration at Chico Salmon Park. I like to think that this inspired some of their videos and slideshows.
If you have not visited our education resource page on our website, we invite you to check it out. If you know of additional resources that we should include on our page, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
– Katha Miller-Winder, Education Committee