Teacher Resources

Updated 9/15/2021

The Natural Resource Outreach and Education Program hosts a variety of activities for the local public. These include educational venues such the annual Festival of the River,  lessons for adult stewards in training, and restoration/hatchery tours.  Additionally, we provide the general public  with natural resouces education at local community events.


For more information please contact:
Megan Cruise
Outreach & Operations Coordinator
(360) 631-5869

Lesson Plans

Pacific Salmon 101

Suggested Level: GRADES 4-5

The Salmon is a Pacific Northwest icon and the lifeblood of Tribal culture. In the first lesson students learn the basics of Pacific Salmon ecology and diversity as well as their role in Tribal traditions.  The second lesson dives into the details of salmon anatomy and physiology.  This lesson is split into two sections: (1) Lifecycle & Habitat and (2) Anatomy.

The Energy of Estuaries

Suggested Level: GRADE 5

This lesson uses the estuaries to explore food webs, trophic levels, and how energy is transferred between organisms in the ecosystem.  The presentation can be followed by an activity that requires students to physically draw the interconnections between species.


Suggested Level: GRADES 4-5

Students will learn the concept of ecosystems through the lifecycle of Salmon. They will learn how species interact with each other and the abiotic and biotic parts of their ecosystem.  Students will gain understanding of how species adapt to their specific climates and ecosystems.

Additional Resources

Many organizations produce high quality material that is suitable for remote learning.  Below is a list (by no means comprehensive) of some of the best online resources we have discovered.

Online Resources for Environmental Education