During our first week of teaching in the School Overnight Program I was partnered with a fellow graduate student to lead a field group of students from Bryant Elementary in Northeast Seattle.
The Asheville Farmstead School is an outdoor, play-based early childhood education center founded and directed by Lauren Brown, a 2011 alum of the IslandWood graduate program.
Not long ago, I was reminded by one of our SOP students that “seeds are life just waiting to start.” Her words prompted me to think deeply and differently about one of our garden practices—seed saving.
On the South end of Bainbridge Island, just northeast of Blakely Harbor is a “School in the Woods” called IslandWood. I live in graduate housing in a forest clearing just north of the main campus which consists of eight duplex-styled, dorm-like cabins, each side with a loft and a shared small bathroom.
After completing his graduate certificate in Education for Environment and Community at IslandWood, Tom Stonehocker began a Master in Education and a Restoration Ecology Certificate at the University of Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelvin Washington, class of 2014, was the first Black man to attend IslandWood’s program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC).
My field group of 6th graders was midway through our Each One Teach One plant walk on the marsh loop trail. These students had chosen a science elective at their school, and many had already been to IslandWood.
This fall during my SOP practicum I began to experiment with integrating art and science learning. One project developed from the natural elements we were exploring.