Afternoon Ecologists


Afternoon Ecologists is our new in-person, outdoor program on our Bainbridge Island campus for students in 3rd – 6th grades!


Designed to align with Washington’s 3rd – 6th grade science curriculum, this program will bring learning to life for students in a fun way, by building knowledge, strengthening collaborative problem-solving skills, gaining an appreciation for multiple perspectives, and practicing environmental stewardship.


Led by current University of Washington Master’s Students in Education and experienced staff instructors, the Afternoon Ecologists program will guide students in deepening their understanding of the impact science, engineering, and technology can have on their communities and the planet.

COST: Tiered Pricing

We are committed to making sure that the opportunity for in-person, outdoor learning is financially accessible for all 3rd – 6th graders who are interested in participating, and are offering tiered pricing and scholarships.


Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday Option Pricing:

  • $300 – This is the full cost of the program. Please choose this option if you’re able to do so.
  • $160 – Please choose this option if it’s the right financial fit for you.


Friday Option Pricing:

  • $260 – This is the full cost of the program. Please choose this option if you’re able to do so.
  • $140 – Please choose this option if it’s the right financial fit for you.


If our tiered pricing is beyond your reach, please reach out to Joan Hutchinson at for scholarship information.


**If you have the capacity to help make this program accessible for other children, please consider adding a donation during the registration process. Thank you in advance!**


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“My daughter got in the car and she was Chatty Patty: ‘Oh we did this, and we saw banana slugs, and there are these kinds of ferns, and these kinds of animals, and we’re gonna look for this…’ We have a forty-minute drive back home from IslandWood, and my daughter talked the whole time. She was super excited and super pumped.”

– Jamie, Afternoon Ecologists Parent

Campers stand with their arms outstretched to demonstrate social distancing at Blakely Harbor.


The Afternoon Ecologists program will be run in alignment with the WA State Department of Health’s guidelines for safe outdoor programming. For more details, click the link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this will help answer some of the questions you may have. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Joan Hutchinson at

No, as the curriculum and activities for each week are the same. However, we’re still planning additional programs, so hopefully, there will be more opportunities for your child to get back to IslandWood again soon!

Yes, the program is open to all 3rd – 6th graders in the Puget Sound area!

Yes! In the registration form, where it asks you for any friend requests, you can share that your child is part of a pod, along with the name of each child in the pod that’s also signing up. Please note, your child will still need to wear a mask and participate in social distancing while at IslandWood.

A child wears a mask and gives a thumbs up sign to the camera while participating in an IslandWood summer camp at Blakely Harbor.

Help Make Outdoor Learning Accessible for All 3rd - 6th Graders in the Community

As you know, many families have been hit hard by COVID-19. Would you help ensure that every 3rd – 6th grader has the opportunity to participate in this program, regardless of their financial situation?


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We Want to Hear From You

As a new program, we would love to hear your feedback about how we can continue to evolve Afternoon Ecologists to best meet our community’s needs.

A group of students hold onto a rope and stand 6 feet apart from each other in a circle during summer camps at IslandWood.