During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve suspended our community events, private events, and education programs, with the exception of the graduate program, until further notice. But, discovery never stops. For younger and older, in cities and in suburbs, there is always something new to discover about the world around us.
That’s why we’re excited to share how we’ve been working to adapt existing programs and create new opportunities for discovering, exploring, and learning together. Specifically, we’ve been focused on opportunities to support teachers, our current graduate students, and our community.
During this time, supporting teachers has been a significant part of our efforts and focus. This coming year, teachers will need more support than ever, as districts move to different learning models.
Though we can’t gather in person, we are working hard to create fun and informative opportunities for people of all ages to explore, learn, and connect.
This past spring proved to be a testament to the creativity, resilience, and strength of our graduate program community, as faculty and staff re-designed the program to take place completely online. Regular Zoom check ins helped keep our cohort connected from afar!
We create experiences that help students and educators deepen their understanding of their environment and the impact they can have on their world and community.
Through experiential education, we take urgent issues and make them relevant to young people, shedding light on the power we all have to change the world for good. This approach prepares the next generation of inspired environmental problem solvers to work together to make an exponential impact on the planet, now and in the future.
At IslandWood, we are focused on building a race equity culture. We are focusing on race equity, not because we believe other inequities don’t exist or aren’t vitally important, but because in the United States one’s race – more than any other factor – is the biggest determinant of educational outcomes, wealth, health, exposure to environmental pollutants and hazards, and life expectancy.
We understand there is an inextricable connection between educational justice, environmental justice, and racial equity. This work is not ancillary, or “outside” of IslandWood’s mission. It is central to our work in environmental education, and of inspiring healthy communities and a healthy planet.
3 in 4 teachers report an enduring impact on student learning, collaboration, and engagement months after our programs.
More than 70% of teachers report an increase in teaching outdoors as a result of participating in our programs.
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial. While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish and Duwamish land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Skokomish, and S’Klallam peoples.
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IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
A Special Thanks to our corporate sponsor
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