We have exciting news. Today, the White House announced a new joint initiative called Fresh Tracks being led by IslandWood, the Sierra Club, the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders, and action sports retailer Zumiez.
In recent years, IslandWood has extended our services to many new audiences, including military veterans and their families.
It's the week of Thanksgiving, which means that Black Friday is also looming around the corner. By now there's a good chance you've heard that national retailer REI plans to close all 140+ of its stores on the biggest shopping day of the year, paying its employees to take the day off and enjoy the great outdoors.
This week at IslandWood, we are privileged to welcome military and civilian leaders from around the country for "Boots in the Woods” - our third Military Families and Veterans Action Summit.
The arrival of summer brings many new faces to IslandWood. Summer camp participants as young as four years old shuffle down the trail bearing backpacks nearly as big as they are.
Can you imagine a CEO of a big corporation saying “Hey, we’ve got a little more work than we can get done with our team, but it’s important work – so could you please volunteer for us or consider making a financial gift to our company?”
Technology and nature have always gone hand in hand at IslandWood. Since Day 1 of our organization, we've used telemetry to locate owls on our campus, microscopes to investigate microinvertebrates, and binoculars to get closer to flora and fauna.
In 2011 President Obama proclaimed June America Great Outdoors month, calling on the recreation industry, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations to band together to get Americans outside.
I remember years ago as a 3rd grade teacher, I was so concerned about classroom safety that I spent my first months teaching students how to sit quietly at their desks. I was so nervous about losing control of the class, that I deprived them of real learning.
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.
I've been talking and writing a lot recently about the benefits of outdoor time. This afternoon, I was commuting home on the Bainbridge Island Ferry from a board meeting in Seattle. I was in an intense heads-down mood...and I decided to sit in the ferry's "silent room" to crank out as many emails as possible during the half hour crossing.
What if we had a remedy that could solve some of the toughest physical and mental health problems we face today? What if all of the side effects of this cure were actually good for you?
At our Brightwater programs in Woodinville, we teach extensively about water conservation, and we also teach about energy usage.
Here's a dream come true: this morning, at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell spoke about the need to get a diverse group of kids into the outdoors. She mentioned Rich Louv and Juan Martinez - two national trailblazers I respect deeply in the movement.
Spending time outdoors is vital to our children’s physical and mental health. Peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that playing outside lowers heart disease, osteoporosis, MS, and some forms of cancer.