Our campus-based programs, from our School Overnight Program to summer camps, operate year-round and serve thousands of school-aged children every year. To ensure the safety and well-being of the young people in our care, our campus – including the trail system – is private and all guests and visitors must check-in at the Welcome Center.
On many weekends throughout the year, when children and other event guests are not on site, we offer free and low-cost programs on our campus. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.
Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of children who participate in our programs!
Our campus was sustainably designed and is LEED Gold certified. Sustainable design elements include:
A detailed site and resource analysis was used to locate campus buildings in areas that would cause the least impact to the most sensitive areas— including mature forests and wetlands.
Initial “bio-mass re-use” of all organic debris on site during the clearing and construction.
Children and visitors help restore the site with native plants from an on-site nursery.
Extensive native plantings throughout, and long-term planning for invasive species eradication.
Vermiculture and “Earth Tub” composting systems for food and plant waste.
All wastewater is treated on site using either the Living Machine or constructed wetlands. Both systems utilize a natural biodegradation process in which aquatic plants, microorganisms, and snails consume the organic matter and produce a highly treated effluent that can be re-used or applied safely to the surrounding soil.
Sustainably harvested wood was purchased and used in 75% of the entire project’s construction.
Site-harvested trees, cleared for siting the buildings on campus, were dried and milled, and used in exterior and interior trim.
Untreated plywood and oriented strand board (OSB), made from smaller trees and chips, cover interior surfaces.
Engineered lumber and trusses were utilized for roof and floor framing, reducing the need for large and older growth timber. Engineered lumber is more resource efficient than standard lumber–sawdust, fibers, chips, and small pieces of lumber are used in their assembly. Engineered lumber performs better with less material than conventional lumber. Trusses and glulams are also made from sustainably harvested woods
Low energy computers and monitors for instructional and administrative uses consume one third of the energy of most common desktop computers.
Integrated phone, data, and video network with a fiber optic backbone between buildings save six miles of copper wire over traditional wiring techniques.
Affordable electricity production from readily available renewable resources is featured throughout the site, including: wind-power at the Learning Studios, a micro-hydro component at Mac’s Pond, and the photovoltaic on the classroom roofs.
IslandWood is continually striving to ensure our campus and our programs are accessible, equitable, and inclusive; foster community building; and safeguard the well being of our clients.
All indoor spaces are ADA accessible, including Lodges, Dining Hall, Learning Studio, etc.
Many of our outdoor spaces and field structures are ADA accessible, including the Learning Tree House, Garden, Friendship Circle, certain Team’s Course elements (Whale Watch, Spider’s Web), and the Floating Classroom.
Accessible parking is located in the parking area near the Arrival Shelter. Other spaces by the Arrival Shelter will be held open for potential accessible parking. Additional accessible parking spots are located near the Overnight Parking fire road.
A golf cart is available to transport guests with mobility needs to the Welcome Center.
Bathrooms are equipped with grab bars and additional features (toilets, showers, etc.) to meet ADA requirements.
Gender neutral bathrooms are available in the Administration building and in the field.
Trails, Walkways, & Ramps
All main campus trails are suitable for wheelchair access.
Certain additional trails on campus, which may be more rugged or narrower, can be accessed by using all-terrain wheelchairs. IslandWood is able to provide an all-terrain wheelchair on site for visitor use.
Most trails are unpaved, and the main trails are covered with gravel.
All walkways and ramps adhere to slope and width guidelines set out by ADA code.
The only animals allowed on IslandWood campus are Service Animals.
Service Animals on Field Structures
IslandWood recognizes that Service Animals, especially those trained by organizations accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI), receive the highest level of training with the intent to create safe situations for their person and the people around them. These dogs are allowed unconditionally in the buildings, on the trails, in the bog tree house, learning tree house, Millworker’s Cabin, suspension bridge and in wild zones. The dogs and their people can use the canopy tower if:
A trained and capable IslandWood staff member is present; and
The dog and person remain in the rear of a group so as not to cause any impediment for people following; and
The group is insured to be at IslandWood.
IslandWood will query prospective visitors in advance about any special accommodations (including service animals) that may be needed and will provide them with descriptions and images of field structures so that the visitor can make an informed decision about their own safety.
IslandWood abides by a fragrance-free policy. Due to the potential chemical sensitivity of visitors to our campus, as well as employees, graduate students, volunteers, and interns working at IslandWood, we ask that everyone refrain from using perfume, essentials oils, and other scented/fragranced products.
GETTING TO OUR CAMPUS
Our campus is located at 4450 Blakely Avenue NE on Bainbridge Island, which is a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.
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, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
IslandWood is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our tax ID number is 31-1654076.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300
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