Three Cheers for the Outdoor Classrom: IslandWood Wins LASER award for Science Education

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Author: 
Ben Klasky

I am delighted to share some fantastic news. IslandWood was recently selected as a recipient of the 2013-2014 Science Champions Science Education Awards presented by Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER), a program co-led by Pacific Science Center, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The awards recognize organizations that demonstrate a passion for advancing science education in innovative ways.

That certainly describes IslandWood. For more than a decade we have been engaging kids and teachers in direct science learning experiences in the greatest classroom on earth: nature. Dipping for macros on the Floating Classroom. Exploring the relationship between people and water at Brightwater. Studying stream health in neighborhood parks with Homewaters. These learning adventures are turning kids on to science every day, every year.

It’s a thrill to be honored for this work. It’s even more exciting because we know it works. Teachers consistently report they are more excited about teaching science and their students are demonstrating increased science knowledge. IslandWood will use the $5,000 award provided by Boeing to support our education programs.

Please join me in congratulating the other award winners: Debra Coleman (Kids in Science and Engineering),  Sno-Isle Libraries, Corinne Beach (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility).

You can learn more about the award program here: http://www.wastatelaser.org/Science-Education-Advocate-Awards/home

[Ben Klasky was the CEO of IslandWood from 2005 to 2017.]