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February 15, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

The walk to Port Blakely Cemetery, at the southwest boundary of the IslandWood campus, took over an hour. Team Ravine headed south on a well-worn route, but just past the Suspension Bridge, instead of continuing on to Mac’s Pond, they turned onto a spur trail.

February 06, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

This year IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP) issued its first ever annual report.

January 29, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

We have been at IslandWood since August—a whole four months and yet only four months. Part of me feels at home here on Bainbridge Island and on the IslandWood campus. Part of me, however, is still mystified by nearly everything I encounter here on our little island.

January 25, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

Principal Angela Sheffey Bogan got a new school this year. Last fall, the longtime principal of Dearborn Park International Elementary in Seattle took the lead at Sartori Elementary, a new STEM magnet school in downtown Renton.

January 22, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

The floating classroom isn’t quite a boat. It has the double hull of a pontoon boat one might expect a fisherman to dangle his hook over on a lazy afternoon, but instead of oars or a motor, four student-powered pedals propel it slowly over the water at Mac’s Pond.

January 10, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Julia Glassy

As a graduate student instructor for IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP), I am outdoors all day long with students. Weather in Washington is pretty unpredictable and does not provide too many dry, warm days during the school year.

January 03, 2019 / Graduate Residency Program / Christopher Criqui

Christopher Criqui is a 2017 alum of IslandWood's graduate program in Education for Environment and Community. Today, he works as a Staff Instructor with our School Overnight Program and supervises the Staff Instructor Team.

December 28, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tamar Kupiec

It was fall, just a couple months into the year for Hannah Levy, a first-time teacher and graduate student instructor in IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP).

December 21, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

October evokes spooky imagery for many people. For the students who visited during the week of Halloween, School Overnight Program instructors did our best to make sure there was a healthy mix of whimsy and Halloween flair along with our traditional curriculum.

December 17, 2018 / The Trailhead / Hanna Hupp

To foster lifelong learning and environmental stewardship we create experiences that encourage students to pay close attention to the world around them.

December 06, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Caroline Bargo

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.

December 05, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Tamar Kupiec

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.

November 30, 2018 / Garden and Food / Mónica Mesquita

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.

November 18, 2018 / Graduate Residency Program / Julia Glassy

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.

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