Tween STEAM Club: Conservation Events Through Sno-Isle Libraries

Tween STEAM Club: Conservation Events Through Sno-Isle Libraries

Throughout April and May, there are several opportunities to experience Snohomish Conservation District's Sound Education program for youth around the county. Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting the following programs in Sultan, Lynnwood, Monroe, and Edmonds.

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Pollinator Art Contest Winners Announced

Pollinator Art Contest Winners Announced

Bees, bats, and butterflies, oh my! After reviewing hundreds of entries, the winners of the 2018 Native Plant Sale Pollinator Art Contest have been selected! All entries, including the winning pieces, will be on display at our Annual Native Plant Sale held this Saturday, February 10 at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe. Come out and take a look, peruse the plants for sale, visit educational booths, and vote on your favorite art piece for the People's Choice Award.

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Puget Sound Starts at My School

Puget Sound Starts at My School

Several schools recently finished up their participation in a National Fish and Wildlife funded grant, Puget Sound Starts at My School. This program involved 658 students in the planning, design, and installation of stormwater projects on school campuses. In total, the projects completed through this grant will divert and filter an estimated 435,769 gallons of stormwater every year!

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Snohomish County Council Member Tour with Monte Marti from Snohomish Conservation District

Snohomish County Council Member Tour with Monte Marti from Snohomish Conservation District

On Monday May 15th, the Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) invited out Council Members Brian Sullivan and Stephanie Wright, to join District Manager, Monte Marti, on a tour around south Snohomish County to view completed stormwater treatment projects within their districts (2 and 3). 

The tour consisted of a rain garden on an right of way and a property owner’s house in Edmonds, the Mukilteo Library, Mukilteo Elementary School to view their outdoor classroom, and condominiums along 112th St. SE in Everett.

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Three Local Winners Honored for Conservation Efforts

The Washington Association of Conservation Districts recently held their annual meeting in Cle Elum and presented awards to three individuals and groups from Snohomish County and Camano Island. The Tulalip Tribes, Kristoferson Farm, and Mukilteo teacher Sue Idso were recognized. The annual awards recognize individuals and groups that support conservation districts in their work on natural resource conservation.

The Kristoferson family and Kristoferson Farm won the WACD Wildlife Farm of the Year Award for their conservation and wildlife habitat restoration efforts. The Kristoferson Farm on Camano Island has been in the family since 1921. It’s currently managed as a working forest for small-scale timber harvest, organic hay production, a canopy zip-line tour and event venue. The Tulalip Tribes received the WACD Tribal Partnership Award. The Tribes worked with the Snohomish Conservation District to implement stormwater educational efforts and projects on tribal lands. Terry Williams and the Tribes have also been leaders in establishing and growing the Snohomish County Sustainable Lands Strategy. This collaborative, cross-boundary approach to net gains for both fish and farm producers has provided many opportunities for the Tribes, District, and other partners to secure funding to implement a wide variety of farm/fish/flood projects. 

Sue Idso, a fifth grade teacher at Mukilteo Elementary School, received the Educator of the Year Award. With help from habitat specialist Ryan Williams, Sue and her students created an outdoor classroom - a place where teachers of all grades could hold science and language arts classes outside. After the District helped clear brush, 

Sue contacted a group of local Eagle Scout candidates to develop and build projects including: a trail network, an amphitheater, a bird blind, and a series of bat boxes. Sue also recruited dozens of volunteers for monthly work parties to remove invasive ivy, blackberry and laurel, which were replaced with native trees and shrubs. The outdoor classroom was ready for the entire school to use in March 2014.