Photo: Adalyn Greisser, BHS senior, sharing her trend analysis on IslandWood’s gas and power use with Luke Thivierge, IslandWood Director of Facilities
"Look Mom!” I cried. “Bison!”
We were heading to the geysers [in Yellowstone National Park], but when we rounded the corner we saw a field of bison.
Over 130 members of Seattle’s Somali community, more than twice what event organizers expected, came to IslandWood one Sunday in July to learn about the School Overnight Program (SOP).
Throughout our 250-acre wooded campus on Bainbridge Island, the urban parks of Seattle and surrounding cities, and our home yards and gardens, we are lucky to be surrounded by trees.
In October 2015, IslandWood began taking steps to become more culturally responsive by creating organization-wide and department-specific goals around diversity and inclusion.
Raise your hand if you have experienced stress recently. Think about what caused it…perhaps you dove into social media for an uplifting anecdote, but it only made you more upset, as our country is quite divided these days.
The first time I heard that IslandWood was going to host a Community Engagement Forum I was curious to see what would happen.
The sunset was starting to go down above the limestone cliffs in Bai Tu Long Bay off the coast of Vietnam last night.
Nature can be a great connector. The trails of our campus are proof of that. There you will find the tracks of the more than 4,000 students who come every year from schools throughout the Puget Sound region to learn in nature and develop the foundations of stewardship in our woods.
You’re not from around here, are you?
Or, maybe you are! But I’m definitely not. My kids are first-generation Washingtonians and proud to call Bainbridge Island, home. Moving here over 10 years ago from the east coast, I remember my first impressions. They went something like this:
The water! Ah! Cold!
We have come as far from home as this journey will take us.
Fresh Tracks is in Alaska! After five action-packed days in Los Angeles, we boarded a northbound flight to continue this epic journey of outdoor exploration, cultural sharing, workforce education, and service learning.
Today Fresh Tracks has been all about Civic Engagement – one of the pillars of our experience, along with outdoor exploration, cultural sharing, and workforce education. Civic Engagement is much more than a one-day topic for the Fresh Tracks crew. It is one of the keys to creating positive change in our communities.
Jared Savage of Compton had never been to the top of a mountain. Jaysanna Wiehl of Arctic Village Alaska had never touched sand. On Sunday, that all changed.
Leadership, cultural sharing, outdoor exploration, and workforce education are all big Fresh Tracks themes – and all were a big part of our first full day in Los Angeles. The day began with leadership training, led by Dr.