Washington State University Extension

Washington's Water

Training Opportunities

Volunteer pouring water on pervious concreteWSU Extension offers on-line, classroom, and field programs and training for homeowners and professionals on a variety of water topics.

Low Impact Development Program

The WSU LID Technical Workshop Series and courses offered by the Department of Ecology for professionals are offered statewide. Courses are for engineers, designers, planners and those who have a role in reviewing, updating, and/or enforcing local codes and regulations. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced training is offered and LID certification is available.

WSU Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety

Workshops, training and recertification program. IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management a process to understand pests and select the best control methods to manage them with the least effect to people, pets and the environment.

Guide for Shoreline Living  coverShore Stewards

WSU Shore Stewards are homeowners, farmers, and businesses who live along or near the shoreline in Puget Sound. They join Shore Stewards to learn better ways of managing their own land to protect local waters and preserve critical habitat for fish, wildlife and birds. Members receive a regular newsletter with timely information about shoreline living from their WSU County Extension office. Shore Stewards can pick up a Shore Steward sign and Shoreline Living DVD while supplies last. Everyone is welcome to download the new Guide for Shoreline Living. Visit the WSU Shore Stewards website to contact your county and learn more. Also visit the new Shore Stewards TV playlist and watch great video about living on and visiting the shore.

Environmental Training

Beachwatchers seeding oystersWSU watershed training programs are available in several counties around Puget Sound. An in-depth training program of 40-100 hours is usually followed by volunteer service. Training is conducted by local and regional experts and covers a broad array of topics including coastal geology, marine ecology, stormwater and toxics, shellfish, native plants, salmon, and climate change. Graduates of the program have provided tens of thousands of volunteer hours. Working individually or in teams they provide service in the areas of stewardship, research and education. To learn more visit one of these county sites: Jefferson, Kitsap or Snohomish.

Water Discussion Course

The WSU Water Discussion Course for Puget Sound is a self-directed course about water designed to provide basic knowledge about water in Puget Sound, raise awareness about water issues confronting watersheds and the communities within them, and provide a structure to learn more about your watershed and actions you can take. It is comprised of 6 on-line chapters. You can study on your own or form a discussion group and go through the chapters in a group. By becoming a more informed and engaged citizen on the topic of water, you can help discuss complex issues and work with others toward the best possible water solutions.

Forestry and Wildlife

The WSU Forestry and Wildlife Extension program provides education and information about forest management to private forest landowners as well as the general public. Classes, workshops, and field days are available, as well as publications, videos, and online resources to help you achieve your goals as a forest owner.

Master Gardeners

WSU Extension Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems. The training consists of on-line and in-classroom training followed by volunteer service. Available statewide.


This national youth program has been developing capable, caring, contributing citizens through research-based, guided adventure exploration and experiential learning models. In 4-H youth explore the natural environment and, unlike other adventure based programs, 4-H Challenge collaborates with any local school or agency and also groups that serve low-income, at-risk and under achieving youths.

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