Last week, we shared our reflections and solidarity with Black Lives Matter on our social media channels and website. Like many of you, our country’s history of racism and resulting violence against Black lives is something that’s been on my mind almost constantly the past few weeks. How do we do more? How do we do better? How do we once and for all dismantle the racism that pervades daily living for people of color, and very specifically, Black people? I’ve been grappling with these questions and wanted to follow up on our statement last week with how we are moving this work forward at IslandWood.READ MORE
IslandWood's work is to inspire healthy, sustainable communities and a healthy, sustainable planet. Neither of which can truly happen in a world where racism exists. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; with the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others killed as a result of racism; and with all those who are and have long been fighting for justice, equity, and freedom from racism. As a historically white-led environmental education organization, we recognize the legacy of racism, injustice, and anti-Blackness within our field, and understand that we have perpetuated and benefited from racism and white supremacy. It is our responsibility to use our unearned privileges to combat racism and stand with those fighting for justice. We encourage our community to petition for justice, donate if able, and support Black-led organizations working towards racial equity. We will continue the work of becoming an anti-racist organization to better serve our communities, staff, and the planet. #BlackLivesMatterREAD MORE
With every school that comes to IslandWood, a partnership is formed. It begins well before the buses pull up to the Arrival Shelter to the welcoming cheers of our graduate student instructors and lasts well after those same buses pull away to calls of farewell.READ MORE
Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite plant — a small, bright pink, nutritious, grooved tuber from the Andes called oca. When Jen and Mónica, Islandwood's garden educators, first told me about the opportunity to teach with this plant, I was instantly intrigued.READ MORE
Déana Scipio is not only the Director of Campus Education at IslandWood, but a true children’s book connoisseur. At a recent presentation she gave at the Peacock Family Services Peackocktail Party, the audience was fascinated by Déana's approach to using children’s books to promote representation and anti-bias.READ MORE
Each year, IslandWood is proud to partner with Seattle Foundation in honoring three extraordinary Washington K-12 teachers with the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.READ MORE
By his own account, the year Giorvi Merca came to IslandWood was the year he became an environmentalist. That year, ten-year-old Giorvi resolved to use less plastic and switched from disposable water bottles to a metal one.READ MORE
Natalie Myers attended the School Overnight Program with Suquamish Elementary. Since then, she has earned a degree in Environmental Science from Occidental College, worked with Planned Parenthood on reproductive justice outreach and education, and participated in field research in Costa Rica, Panama, and Guam.READ MORE
IslandWood Graduate Program alum, Hannah Gallagher (’16), is the Inclusive Programs Director at the Seattle PlayGarden, a public garden offering open play, preschool, and summer camp for children with and without disabilities.READ MORE
This quarter I’m teaching a philosophy of education class called, The Social, Political, and Cultural Foundations of Learning. In the class, the grads are writing their philosophy of education including a positionality statement.READ MORE
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial. While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish and Duwamish land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Skokomish, and S’Kallem peoples.
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