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Little Solutions to Solve Big Problems

While working with a group to clean up the school grounds, 4th grade tea...

The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation

“Gently close your eyes and take in a nice deep breath. Do this several ...

Moment of Discovery: The Lesson I Never Knew I Needed (Or Planned For)

It was my second full day with the 5th graders in Team Bog. We had taste...

To Name or Not to Name: Graduate Student Benay O’Connell Explores the Complexities of Naming Species

During my orientation at Islandwood, standing on a bridge over a river, ...

“The Patsy Collins award is the highlight of my career”: Announcing the 2019 Patsy Collins Award Recipients

Each year, IslandWood is proud to partner with Seattle Foundation in hon...

Moment of Discovery: Social and Emotional Growth on the Floating Classroom

We're excited to introduce Moment of Discovery, a new blog series in whi...

Liz Riggs Meder (’13) Brings Her IslandWood Education to New Heights as a Leader in Avalanche Safety

When Liz Riggs Meder was finishing her masters after a ten-month IslandW...

Planting the Seeds of Change: How a 5th Grader Became a Food Justice Leader

By his own account, the year Giorvi Merca came to IslandWood was the yea...

ClimeTime Funding Boosts Teacher Confidence in Climate Science and Next Generation Science Standards

This month we received the exciting news that IslandWood will receive it...

“IslandWood was a really formative moment for me”: An Interview with Nancyrose Houston, 16 Years Later

Natalie Myers attended the School Overnight Program with Suquamish Eleme...

“[It] really changed my personal perspective on what I could do”: An Interview with Natalie Myers about her IslandWood Experience

Natalie Myers attended the School Overnight Program with Suquamish Eleme...

Honoring Teachers Who Take Their Students Outside the Classroom

Teaching is incredibly demanding and increasingly constrained by testing...

4th Graders Test the Effectiveness of Seattle’s Stormwater Infrastructure

An excited fourth grader from Viewridge Elementary lowered a bucket by a...

Quieting the 10-Year-Old Mind: Visiting Artist Helps Students Cultivate Mindfulness

The fourth graders from Open Window School were lying on the floor of th...

In IslandWood’s Great Hall, Grandmother Vi Gets a New Cedar Skirt

Suquamish weaver Peg Deam sat sideways on the edge of the stage in Islan...

Hannah Gallagher (’16) Says “Yes!” to Inclusive Play and Learning

IslandWood Graduate Program alum, Hannah Gallagher (’16), is the Inclusi...

Teaching in the Patriarchy

As a graduate student instructor for the School Overnight Program at Isl...

Stewardship Signs Connect Students Past, Present, and Future

This week one of our School Overnight Program (SOP) instructors, Sylvan,...

The Reality of Homesickness

A few weeks ago, a student came up to me and said, “Julia, I feel funny....

What Does a Teams Course Have to Do With Environmental Education?

When Breanna Caruso came to IslandWood last August to attend our graduat...

Introducing Ask Dr. Dé, Our New Graduate Program Blog Series

This quarter I’m teaching a philosophy of education class called, The So...

What’s Happening to IslandWood’s Trees?

To foster lifelong learning and environmental stewardship we create expe...

Drumming with Jah Breeze: A Tool for Teaching and a Time for Celebration

Suquamish weaver Peg Deam sat sideways on the edge of the stage in Islan...

Maria Coryell-Martin Leads Graduate Workshop in Nature Journaling

Suquamish weaver Peg Deam sat sideways on the edge of the stage in Islan...

Community Waters Science Unit Rolls Out to Seattle Public Schools

The fourth graders at John Rogers Elementary School in North Seattle had...

Confessions of an Environmental Educator

I have a couple of confessions to make. I willingly left a full-time job...

Somali Family Day

Suquamish weaver Peg Deam sat sideways on the edge of the stage in Islan...

Build Nothing for Us Without Us

The first time I heard that IslandWood was going to host a Community Eng...

Salmon as a Teaching Tool

Throughout the week, my students and I explored the life cycle of salmon...

Seattle Teacher Steve Garlid Grows with IslandWood Year After Year

Steve Garlid has been involved with IslandWood since before it was “Isla...

Kids and Knives, A Recipe for Responsibility

The thought of handing over a six-inch knife to a child you’ve only just...

From Lushootseed to Portuguese, A New Garden Sign Says Welcome

The IslandWood garden welcomes all students with wide open arms, always ...

Lauren Watel (’08) Takes the Helm of her Family Foundation

Lauren Watel is not the type to just pick up, leave, and not look back. ...

From a Little English Ivy Comes a Lesson on Stewardship

Our field group plan for day two of the School Overnight Program was to ...

IslandWood’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report: Preparing the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

Since joining IslandWood in March 2018, I have had the enormous pleasure...

Stormwater Education Teaches Students to Think Big and Act Now

How does something as precious as rain become an environmental hazard? W...

“I’m an Anomaly But I Should be the Norm”: The Impact of State Funding for Teacher Training

In 2018, the Washington state legislature provided $4 million dollars fo...

20 Field Trips in Seattle and Kitsap County to Spark Curiosity, Discovery, and Growth

At IslandWood, we believe that opportunities to learn are everywhere. Wh...

Bainbridge Island History Comes to Life in of All Places… A Cemetery

The walk to Port Blakely Cemetery, at the southwest boundary of the Isla...

The 2nd Annual School Overnight Program Annual Report

Each week, our School Overnight Program has a lofty goal — to engage cur...

The SOP Annual Report, A Commitment to Accountability

This year IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP) issued its first e...

When Does a Place Become a Home?

We have been at IslandWood since August—a whole four months and yet only...

A New Renton School Forges Community at IslandWood

Principal Angela Sheffey Bogan got a new school this year. Last fall, th...

How Deep Is the Pond?

The floating classroom isn’t quite a boat. It has the double hull of a p...

Rainy Days Make Learning Outside Fun

As a graduate student instructor for IslandWood’s School Overnight Progr...

Staff Instructor Criqui (’17) Integrates Social Justice into Environmental Education

Christopher Criqui is a 2017 alum of IslandWood’s graduate program in Ed...

“We Want to Create a Place of Trust”: An Interview with Senior VP of Education, John Haskin

I trained in elementary education; however, I’ve always chosen to teach ...

The Graduate Mentoring Program: It’s Intense and Intentional. And It Works

It was fall, just a couple months into the year for Hannah Levy, a first...

Drop the Fear

October evokes spooky imagery for many people. For the students who visi...

Bravery Comes in Many Forms

During our first week of teaching in the School Overnight Program I was ...

Lauren Brown (’11) Starts Forest Preschool

The Asheville Farmstead School is an outdoor, play-based early childhood...

The Power of Seed Saving to Build Community and a Healthy Harvest

Not long ago, I was reminded by one of our SOP students that “seeds are ...

Living and Learning in the Forest: The IslandWood Professional Learning Community

On the South end of Bainbridge Island, just northeast of Blakely Harbor ...

The Way Progress Works: Centering Equity

Late this summer, a few members of our team - Theresa Song Ichien, John ...

Patsy Collins Award Winners Wow Us with Their Inspired Teaching

Meet the 2018 winners of The Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Educa...

Tlingit Artist Odin Lonning Leads Students in a Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On Monday, October 8, students in the School Overnight Program (SOP) too...

2018 Advocacy Success: Strengthening Partnerships Between Nonprofits and Schools

During the 2018 legislative session, IslandWood advocated alongside othe...

Joe Petrick (’03) Prepares Culturally-Responsive Educators as Teton Science School’s VP of Education

Joe Petrick was a member of IslandWood's first Education for Environment...

Rebekah Gardea (’16) Facilitates “Courageous Conversations” as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator at the Bertschi School

Before enrolling in IslandWood’s Education for Environment and Community...

Equitable Access Ensures that IslandWood Remains a Tradition for Armin Jahr Students

Lorrie Wolle has taught elementary school for 23 years, and she’s been c...

An Interview with Laurie Miller on the 16th Anniversary of IslandWood’s Grand Opening

This September marks the 16th anniversary of IslandWood’s first academic...

West Seattle Teacher Kaiti Hanger Brings the Lessons of the School Overnight Program into the Classroom

To this day, Kaiti Hanger, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, ...

A Change in the Future of Our Graduate Programs

Four years ago, IslandWood together with our partner Antioch University ...

The Kitchen and the Garden Enjoy the Fruits of Collaboration

The kitchen and the garden at IslandWood are longtime friends and neighb...

Mónica Mesquita (’17) Applies Queer Pedagogy as a Garden Educator

Mónica Mesquita came to IslandWood because she wanted to learn how to be...

Brave with Braids: Empowering Young Female Voices

This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally pu...

The Making of an SOP Muffin

The kale was in bloom, masses of tiny yellow flowers hovering over the l...

An Interview with Déana Scipio, Director for the Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community

IslandWood is thrilled to welcome Dr. Déana Scipio as our new Director o...

The Art of Reflection

There’s nothing like watching a video of yourself engaged in doing somet...

Kelvin Washington (’14) Shares Insights on Recognizing Bias and Teaching for Equity

Kelvin Washington, class of 2014, was the first Black man to attend Isla...

Russian Teachers Visit IslandWood to Look, Listen, and Learn

Nadya Revchuk’s first impression of IslandWood is perhaps her most lasti...

Taking Action for Science and Community

Washington State formally adopted the Next Generation Science Standards ...

Biology Teacher Joe Camacho (’15) Witnesses the Power of Representation to Inspire Student Success

“I’ve been on a path to become a teacher ever since I was in high school...

The Twig

My field group of 6th graders was midway through our Each One Teach One ...

Alison Martin (’18) Incorporates Indigenous Stewardship Knowledge and Methodologies to Foster Inclusive Teaching

Alison Martin’s father built a cabin in the foothills of the Sierra Neva...

Lan Nguyen (’14) Builds Trusts with Students by Sharing her Story

Lan Nguyen always greeted her School Overnight Program field groups in h...

Alicia Highland (’15) Fosters Powerful Learning by Honoring Identities and Creating Safe Spaces

My name is Alicia and I carry many identities — I am Black, a woman, a s...

Kacy Lebby (’14) Brings a Strength-Based and Student-Centered Approach to her Classroom

After IslandWood, I went to the University of Washington Master’s in Tea...

Katie Trelstad (’06) Weaves Place-Based Pedagogy into Work as Assistant Professor in Sociology

Katie is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Cornish College of the A...

Jenny Whaley (’18) Helps Students Cultivate Responsibility Towards Each Other and the World

After six years of teaching elementary school in Durham, NC, Jenny Whale...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Carter Erickson

The fifth graders from Crownhill Elementary in Bremerton were on a mushr...

Tom Stonehocker (’18) Uses his Love of the Natural World to Advocate for Equitable Access to Outdoor Spaces

Tom Stonehocker is a self-described “tree nerd.” Blame his hometown of C...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Andy Tran

“Engineering is all imagination,” says Andy Tran. “I had a lot of it as ...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Keiko Budech

If you look at the leaves of the salmonberry, a plant that thrives in th...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Tiffany Chan

The first time Tiffany Chan came to IslandWood she was a ten-year-old gi...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Nick Balera

The container was not much bigger than a tuna fish can, recalls Nick Bal...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Zainab Mohammed, and Zaidaan and Ilham Shibuya

Sending a child on an overnight school experience is hard for many paren...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Rico Jose

Rico and his classmates followed a trail through the forest and across a...

School Overnight Program Alumni Spotlight: Kari Adamski

“Wow!” Kari remembers thinking as she entered the Great Hall at IslandWo...

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