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.
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.
To foster lifelong learning and environmental stewardship we create experiences that encourage students to pay close attention to the world around them.
Late this summer, a few members of our team - Theresa Song Ichien, John Haskin, and Kristine Jimenez - sat down with Christina Hulet, host of Bainbridge Community Broadcasting’s Community Café, for an interview about IslandWood’s evolving efforts around diversity,
Meet the 2018 winners of The Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community: Laura Tyler, Jennie Warmouth, and Elizabeth Wing. These teachers were honored for their commitment and innovation in connecting classroom learning to their students’ environment and communities.
On Monday, October 8, students in the School Overnight Program (SOP) took part in a visit by Tlingit artist, dancer, and teacher Odin Lonning in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
During the 2018 legislative session, IslandWood advocated alongside other environmental education organizations for state funding that would increase access to community-connected environmental learning.
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.
Lorrie Wolle has taught elementary school for 23 years, and she’s been coming to the School Overnight Program (SOP) with Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton for about half as many.
This September marks the 16th anniversary of IslandWood’s first academic year. We sat down with Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Laurie Miller, to find out what’s changed and what’s kept her here after all these years.
To this day, Kaiti Hanger, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, can recall the trash spreading before her like an ocean. As part of a year-round youth leadership program, which instilled in her a commitment to social and environmental justice, Kaiti visited one of the largest landfills in the Americas. Kaiti can’t let go of that image.
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.
Nadya Revchuk’s first impression of IslandWood is perhaps her most lasting. She came as a stranger, she says, and was welcomed as family.