Joe Petrick was a member of IslandWood's first Education for Environment and Community graduate program cohort. In a video in the IslandWood archives, we can see him as a young teacher leading a group of children down a trail, calling on them to be alert to the creatures of the forest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mónica Mesquita came to IslandWood because she wanted to learn how to be a better educator.
This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally published in Clearing Magazine.
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.
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.
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).
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.