IslandWood in the News

Next Generation Science Standards
We are so proud to share that our Community Waters Science Unit – a 4th grade stormwater curriculum developed in partnership with Seattle Public Schools – is one of only four elementary school units and 12 total K-12 science lessons/units nationwide to be highlighted as an example of high quality Next Generation Science Standards curriculum design. The 2018-edition of the Community Waters Science Unit was reviewed by Achieve’s EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP) and received the second-highest rating possible. We are continually refining the unit and the feedback we received from the EQuIP panel will be helpful for future revisions. We plan on resubmitting an updated edition of Community Waters in the future with the goal of securing EQuIP’s highest rating. A warm thanks to our partners: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Public Utilities, King County, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Boeing! Because of their support and collaboration, Community Waters has engaged hundreds of 4th graders and their teachers in solving real-world environmental problems in their own communities.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Jennifer Kim, director of major and planned gifts at Virginia Mason, has been named vice president for philanthropy at IslandWood, a charity that leads experiential learning programs in schools near Puget Sound, Wash.
In this conversation with NAAEE’s Research Manager, Kristen Kunkle, IslandWood’s Director for Education Leadership, Sapna Sopori, and School Overnight Program Manager, Jenny Cunningham, discuss the importance of developing strong and trusting relationships with teachers and community members to receive the feedback necessary to advance this foundational outdoor education program. Through debrief lunches, multiple teacher and chaperone surveys, a Community Engagement Forum, and – above all – a demonstrated willingness on IslandWood's part to receive and incorporate feedback, IslandWood has been able to collaborate with community members in guiding the SOP program’s evolution.
The sale in 1994 of Seattle’s Aldus to Adobe for $525 million didn’t end Paul Brainerd’s entrepreneurial run. It just pointed it in a new direction. Those efforts include Social Venture Partners, a program to spur high-impact philanthropy and educate donors that has expanded to 44 chapters in nine countries; IslandWood, an environmental learning organization with a 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island near Seattle; ONE/Northwest, a program now called Groundwire, that helped enviro groups boost their tech savvy; and an eco-friendly campground in New Zealand, where Brainerd currently spends much of his time.
Adventure Sports Network
The Nature Project, founded by NFL tight end Cooper Helfet, is on track to serve 1,000 kids during eight sessions by the end of 2018. Helflet hosted the first TNP program at IslandWood, a 501c3 environmental learning center on stunning Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Puget Sound Business Journal
Research tells us that only five percent of learning over a person's lifetime takes place in the classroom and that the best way to increase the public understanding of science is to reach people during the other 95 percent of their lives. Washington is fortunate to have many institutions that provide exceptional science learning experiences outside the classroom. The Burke Museum, IslandWood, Living Computers Museum + Labs, MOHAI, the Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and many others offer highly impactful, informal science learning on their own campuses and at schools, libraries and community centers throughout the region.
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Every Kid in a Park Collaborative launched in 2015 with five original partners — the Washington Trails Association, Islandwood, NatureBridge, the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Seattle Area National Park Sites. Their goal was to locally support the national program Every Kid in a Park, which offers free, yearlong public-lands passes to fourth-graders and their families.
Kitsap Sun
IslandWood’s national search for its next CEO led it to its own backyard. The Bainbridge environmental education organization announced Monday that islander Megan Karch, CEO at the Seattle nonprofit FareStart for nearly 18 years, will lead IslandWood beginning in March.
Kitsap Sun
For many nature purists, pulling out a phone or tablet in the great outdoors is anathema. It’s distracting, they might say. With a new smartphone application it has helped to develop, IslandWood, an outdoor education nonprofit on the island, is flying in the face of that line of thinking.
NBC News
Have a family member whose phone is permanently attached to his or her hand? Use that to your advantage and download the Nature Passport app. Created by two non-profits, IslandWood in Washington state and Nature Play in Australia, the app encourages climbing, foraging and discovering. Users can filter activities by age, season, duration and difficulty to customize it for each experience.