CHINOOK - Sea Resources Watershed Learning Center, a local nonprofit environmental science research, restoration, and education facility, will be offering an array of new afterschool programs for students in grades K through eight.

New program titles include: "Super Salmon" for grades kindergarten through second; "Exploring Ecosystems Through Art" for kindergartener through fifth-graders; "Introduction to Oceanography" for third- through fifth-graders; "Wilderness Skills" for fifth- through seventh-graders; and "Writing About Our Environment" for sixth- through eighth-graders.

All programs include engaging age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Depending on the class theme, participants may dissect a squid to learn about adaptations, search our stream for the insects on which salmon dine, look for clues in a trailside ecology scavenger hunt, improve map and compass skills, build a solar oven, or make and use a hand-bound nature journal.

Schedules and fees vary according to program. Program start dates are staggered between March 17 and June 9. Each class meets three to five times. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Several summer camp and summer science research programs for middle school and high school youth will also be available. For more information, contact Heather Swanson, education coordinator, (360) 777-8229.

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