Dr. Apostle Receives Award at the Capital Land Trust Conservation Breakfast (Date Posted 2/9/2018)
Tuesday morning February 6, 2018, Dr. Alex Apostle accepted an award during the Capitol Land Trust 14th Annual Conservation Breakfast for visionary leadership to promote a healthy community and tomorrow’s conservation leaders by integrating an outdoor curriculum throughout the Shelton School District.
The award comes after many months of work by the school district and Pacific Education Institute to create a relevant outdoor curriculum for grade levels K-9. The curriculum allows students to not only study specific aspects of the environment but to also go outdoors and conduct experiments that will be used in real-world research to improve the conservation efforts in various locations.
One such location is at the former Bayshore Golf Course now owned and managed by Capital Land Trust. The property is being restored to its natural environment with the salmon stream area of Johns Creek being revitalized for salmon spawning. Students from Olympic Middle School have assisted in this work for a number of years. In the coming months, students from the CAP 21 program at CHOICE High School will begin work to build a trail system on the property which will allow community members to enjoy the newly revitalized property.
Another project the students from CHOICE High School are currently completing is located along Goldsborough Creek near Hwy 101, known as the Hillburn Trail. For several months CAP 21 students have been hard at work creating a trail system complete with an information kiosk, trail signs, and benches. Students have been busy building trails, constructing stairs and bridges and beautifying the area. The work is expected to be complete in Late February 2018.
Along with these larger projects students are busy raising salmon, observing marine life, studying patterns of plant and animal life and many more fun and exciting scientific adventures. Ella Bowen, an Olympic Middle School 7th-grader stated, during the award presentation, students were having so much fun they didn’t realize they were learning.
CHOICE High School Junior Eli Gaa shared the excitement he experiences coming to school to work on the trail. As school work doesn’t generally excite him, he was surprised to learn the math skills he is using to design trail structures are geometry and he is good at them!
With the support of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics a Health Science Academy at Shelton High School, which will see it’s official launch in the fall of 2018, where students grades 9-12 will have additional exposure to the sciences involved in the field of Health Care, giving them an edge in the various related professions as they enter adult life.
The Shelton School District has had many partners in the venture of bringing these experiences to our students. So we want to give a shout out to all our partners.
Pacific Education Institute
Capital Land Trust
Squaxin Island Tribe
Mason Conservation District
South Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Little Skookum Shellfish Farm
Pacific Shellfish Institute
Green Diamond Resource Company
Hood Canal Dive Shop
Twanoh State Park Rangers
Washington Trails Association