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October 17, 2018 / The Trailhead / Maggie Rich

During the 2018 legislative session, IslandWood advocated alongside other environmental education organizations for state funding that would increase access to community-connected environmental learning.

October 12, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tamar Kupiec

Before enrolling in IslandWood’s Education for Environment and Community graduate program, Rebekah Gardea (EEC 2016) says she lacked a language to talk about her developing passion for environmental education.

October 09, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

Lorrie Wolle has taught elementary school for 23 years, and she’s been coming to the School Overnight Program (SOP) with Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton for about half as many.

October 09, 2018 / Urban Graduate Studies / Melani Baker

On Vine Street, between Western and Elliott, in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, a community group called Growing Vine Street has transformed a city block into an urban watershed oasis. This block, known as the Cistern Steps, is a series of terraced plantings designed to clean rainwater as it travels through the city.

September 26, 2018 / The Trailhead /

This September marks the 16th anniversary of IslandWood’s first academic year. We sat down with Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Laurie Miller, to find out what’s changed and what’s kept her here after all these years. 

 

September 19, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

To this day, Kaiti Hanger, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, can recall the trash spreading before her like an ocean. As part of a year-round youth leadership program, which instilled in her a commitment to social and environmental justice, Kaiti visited one of the largest landfills in the Americas. Kaiti can’t let go of that image.

September 11, 2018 / Urban Graduate Studies / Megan Karch

Four years ago, IslandWood together with our partner Antioch University Seattle (AUS) welcomed the first 14 students to our Urban Environmental Education Master’s Program (UEE). These pioneers and the 37 students who followed have been a vital part of a journey to redefine environmental education in the urban context.

August 23, 2018 / Garden and Food / Tamar Kupiec

The kitchen and the garden at IslandWood are longtime friends and neighbors. Like good friends, they have a lot in common, such as a passion for good food and an affinity for manual labor. As neighbors, one need only cross a small gravel lot and a skinny road to pay a visit.

June 21, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

It was the last community campfire of the year, when IslandWood instructors and children in the School Overnight Program (SOP) gather at the Friendship Circle to perform skits, sing songs, and celebrate the week of learning.

June 05, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tamar Kupiec

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

June 04, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Jenn Allen

This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally published in Clearing Magazine.

May 29, 2018 / Garden and Food / Tamar Kupiec

The kale was in bloom, masses of tiny yellow flowers hoovering over the long-legged plants. The petals obscured the children’s faces. Curious hands disappeared into their midst and then reappeared with pinches of flowers.

May 17, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Déana Scipio

IslandWood is thrilled to welcome Dr. Déana Scipio as our new Director of the Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC). As an alumna of the program herself, she brings a unique perspective and extensive experience in the field.

May 16, 2018 / Urban Graduate Studies / Josh Parker

A couple of weeks into the UEE program, Mitch inspired me to start a new morning routine. This is going back to August of 2017, which might as well be a lifetime ago (if we measured lifetimes in insights, books read, or papers written).

May 03, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Alison Martin

There’s nothing like watching a video of yourself engaged in doing something new to elicit feelings of discomfort. The awkward struggle so evident in one’s subtle body language is enough to make the viewer reach for the pause button.

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