Monthly Archives: January 2016

What Lies Beneath, and What You Can do About it

With all the talk of methanol plants that is swirling around Tacoma lately, you might think there’s nothing else going on. On another front that is developing down in the tide flats, however, there’s a whole lot of activity at … Continue reading

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Report on Teacher Learning in Science

The National Academies Press (NAP) recently released a new report titled Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts.  This report provides a rich, detailed, and research-based account of how school systems should move forward with professional learning for science teachers. … Continue reading

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Water Festival is Coming Up

The Pierce Conservation District is looking for a few more participants for the 2016 Tacoma-Pierce County Children’s Water Festival. For 13 years, this event has been providing unique and valuable opportunities for reaching hundreds of Pierce County youth with important … Continue reading

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Rx: Nature

Most of us have come back from vacations where we had time out-of-doors and felt our minds and bodies rebel against stepping back into  routines with computers, cell phones, TVs and the rush of current events. There is a stark … Continue reading

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Plastic Ain’t Our Bag

There’s an event that’s about to begin that combines concerns about single-use plastic bags with the quest for immortality. All over town, people are planning to get together this weekend to break the world’s record for most reusable shopping bags … Continue reading

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What You Think

There’s a public hearing this evening at the Tacoma Convention Center that is focused on the proposed methanol plant that a deceptively-named Chinese conglomerate wants to build on the Tacoma tide flats. The Mayor is for it, even the Governor … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

The first general meeting of the EECOI is scheduled for February 8th, 1-3pm, at the Allmendinger Center in Puyallup. The agenda is still being put together but from the looks of things, there is going to be plenty to talk … Continue reading

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Pacific Education Institute: FieldSTEM Initiative

Pacific Education Institute is launching a statewide initiative called FieldSTEM to intentionally include natural resources, agriculture and the environment in STEM education conversations. There will be four FieldSTEM Outreach Events around the state. We are lucky enough to have one … Continue reading

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Talking About Water

When most people think of the Pacific Northwest, they might be forgiven for believing that water (or the lack of it), is not much of an issue around here. After all, it rains “all the time,” yes? Well, no. although … Continue reading

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Ubiquitous

On a trip last summer down the length of the Puyallup River, I collected water samples at various points along the route and sent them in to be analyzed for the presence of microplastics. The results just came back from … Continue reading

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