Mónica Mesquita came to IslandWood because she wanted to learn how to be a better educator.
Kelvin Washington, class of 2014, was the first Black man to attend IslandWood’s program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC).
Childhood wasn’t easy for Tiffany Adams, growing up in the housing projects of Manhattan. But she found respite in watching National Geographic and the Discovery Channel for hours every day and dreaming of being that person on TV, studying the exotic animals of faraway Africa or Alaska.
CJ Goulding loves mountains—the Santa Monica mountains, Grand Tetons, dramatic and wild ones. Lakes too. And he loves sharing this passion, his outdoor skill, and philosophy of stewardship with young people.
When visitors walk into the garden classroom, they usually remark that it feels like a peaceful, happy place. And it is. Except that like any garden, the work needed to maintain it is constant and sometimes overwhelming.
Photo: Adalyn Greisser, BHS senior, sharing her trend analysis on IslandWood’s gas and power use with Luke Thivierge, IslandWood Director of Facilities
When asked to describe a typical day in the office, Max Honch breaks out into a smile that clearly says “that doesn’t exist.” But variety is what he loves about his job as the Urban Programs Lead Educator at King County's Brightwater Education Center—and the reason h
Volunteer Pete Wiedemann is giving learning a boost this summer. You may recognize Pete’s work in our beautiful wooden sinage about IslandWood’s campus. But this summer he has logged close to 200 hours building an observation platform for our Earth Flo compost and Vermiculture system.
Even before spending the first two weeks in August at IslandWood as a volunteer, 15-year-old Lelan Bell already knew IslandWood’s trails well. This incoming sophomore at Lakeside School in Seattle first came to IslandWood as part of our School Overnight Program as a 5th grader at Bertschi School.
Digging in the family garden in NY many moons ago, I stared quietly at what I had found. It was an animal – no doubt about that. It looked vaguely like an insect, but I didn’t understand why it was so far underground. I found a neighbor who knew about my mystery critter – which he identified as a cicada, a bug in the order Hemiptera. This wa
Shelton Johnson, my favorite National Park interpreter, once said about his job at Yosemite, “I facilitate astonishment.” And while we don’t have Half Dome at IslandWood, there is magic all around for our students and guest to experience. It is truly a special place where people connect with each other and nature in a profound way. Although i
One of our primary lessons at Islandwood, and particularly in the garden classroom, is stewardship. Children come to the garden daily to tend the plants, the soil and the creatures that we share this space with. But last year, we realized that we were missing a core component of garden stewardship: tools!
Just south of IslandWood there is a 40-acre slice of shoreline and estuary known as Blakely Harbor Park that was once the site of a thriving small city and saw mill before Seattle was anything but muddy roads and log cabins. It was one of the largest mills in the world in the late 19th century.
As 2015 drew to a close, we hosted our annual Volunteer and Docent Appreciation Party—a celebration of our most dedicated and passionate supporters. As they filled our Great Hall, it occurred to me that—while each volunteer brings diverse talents and experiences—they all have one thing in common: they share a love of our world and a fully intac
How do we teach the value of care-taking, or stewardship to our students? Thankfully, this lesson is fairly easy to teach in the garden setting. The process of planting seeds, harvesting, and tasting food growing right in front of you, naturally teaches the value of caring for the garden.