Station 6: Environment


 There are many ways to protect our environment!

Your family can set up and use recycling bins at home…

You can teach others about the importance of not littering and pick up litter during outings…

You can learn about environment conservation through several local resources (see below)…

Your family can buy organic and local when possible (such as at local farmers markets)….

You can think of other ways our actions might impact our environment. Look at the storm drain near you. Where does the water go once it’s collected in the drain? What would be the effect on our environment if there were litter or chemicals in the water? (See the Stormwater Storymap below.)


There are lots of wonderful resources in nearby to help us all learn about and protect our environment:

Stormwater Storymap: Learn about Olympia’s Stormwater Utility, such as what is stormwater runoff, why is polluted stormwater runoff a problem for our waterways, and what work are  we doing to manage stormwater runoff at – Click on the storymap link is on the sidebar of the page.

Stream Team of Thurston County – Stream team has been offering free, fun family friendly events for over 30 years. Their mission is to engage the community in protecting our local waterways. Check them out!

Stream Team Nature Sleuths is one of Stream Team’s fun outdoor activities where you will learn about the nature that surrounds us in Thurston County.

South Sound Green provides K- 12 environmental education resources.

Puget Sound Starts Here is a region-wide effort to help recover Puget Sound. Learn what you can do to help!

City of Olympia Pollution Prevention has resources the City offers to help the community take action to prevent stormwater pollution.

WSU Washington Stormwater Center is a vast website that covers recent research, programs and all things stormwater.

University of Nebraska Stormwater Education for Kids is not a local resource but has some fun activity sheets for kids.


Build a Dam and Explore Water Flow

Create a model of a river from materials found around your home, then experiment how to change and stop the flow of the water.

Make Ocean Zones in a Jar

Learn about ocean layers and liquid density!

Make Your Own Paper

Be the ultimate recycler by giving “trash” a new life!


We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (Author) and Michaela Goade (Illustrator)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption―a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Find the Library book HERE.