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PECO Net Announcements

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A few of the announcements that came out of last week’s PECO Net meeting:

Nominations for Environmental Education Community of Interest steering committee are due November 25th. Contact Carrie Hernandez ( with nominations. Committee members receive $1000/year stipends.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is developing a new environmental learning center on site, involving the Science and Math Institute. It will feature classroom and lab spaces. PDZA is also building a new aquarium, with the theme of sharing the ocean. They will promote stormwater and stewardship messaging, and are seeking input from partners on that messaging. Contact Amy Hale ( for more information on this opportunity.

In 2016, the City of Tacoma is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Foss Waterway cleanup effort. They are looking to partner in existing/planned community events to spread this message. Contact Shauna Hansen ( for more information.

Harbor WildWatch are beginning their salmon tours on November 21st at Donkey Creek in Gig Harbor. They are also organizing a speaker series at Gig Harbor area bars and restaurants. Contact Lindsey Johnson ( for more information.

University of Puget Sound is housing an exhibit on soils at the Collins Library through December 4th.

Don’t Drip and Drive was funded for the 3rd phase of the campaign. A fall 2016 rollout is expected, and there will be solicitation for community partners to help promote the effort.

The Puget Sound Starts Here committee is taking on more of a leadership role after PSP has scaled back their contribution to the campaign. You can post events to the Puget Sound Starts Here website and the Facebook page as well. Contact Tiffany O’Dell ( for more information.

The Children’s Water Festival is scheduled for March 15th, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound. This year the teachers have the opportunity to become Project WET certified. If interested in hosting a station or volunteering, contact Chris Towe (

Dave Ketter of Pacific Education Institute advertised training opportunities for the Drain Ranger curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. Contact Dave if interested (

Upcoming Workshops for K-12 Teachers and Informal Science Providers

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Are you a K-12 teacher or informal science provider? If yes, check out these upcoming workshop opportunities. NGSS – Using the Puyallup Watershed as a Classroom is a workshop hosted by the Pacific Education Institute, led by Kirk Robbins, and supported by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. This workshop is designed to support K-12 teachers and informal science providers in developing an understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through the lens of outdoor learning experiences.


Workshop participants will:

  • Understand the 3 Dimensions of NGSS.
  • Connect other educational initiatives (CCSS ELA and Math; TPEP; etc.) to NGSS.
  • Engage with student work samples, classroom video cases, and authentic science case studies.
  • Collaborate with local educators on learning about and planning for NGSS.


Choose one of three workshop dates (Click the date to link to the registration pages for more information.):


Other items to note:

  • No-cost workshop for K-12 teachers and informal science providers
  • Receive 5.5 Clock Hours
  • Cost of substitutes covered by Pacific Education Institute
  • $100.00 stipend provided for K-12 teachers who attend both sessions of the April 13 and April 15 workshop
  • Coffee and snacks provided, please bring your own lunch for March 23 and April 8


Questions? Email Neesha Oliver at

Join us on Friday the 13th for EECOI

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Please join us for our next EECOI meeting Friday March 13th at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. The meeting will be from 9am-12pm, light refreshments provided.

We will be approving the steering committee by-laws, reviewing and signing the Working Agreement, and brainstorming ideas for the Year 2 plan. Click here for the agenda.

Please contact Jennifer ( or Carrie ( if you have any questions.