When I started at IslandWood two months ago, I first asked myself, ‘Who is this garden for? What is the purpose of the space?’ It’s obvious the space was very intentionally and thoughtfully designed. I see the deliverable, if you will, of the space as being inspiration.READ MORE
School groups typically come to programs on IslandWood’s Bainbridge Island cam-pus hoping for a few things: that students will get the opportunity to learn in nature, that their curiosity and care for the world will deepen, and maybe that they’ll get to eat one or two of our well-loved birdseed cookies.READ MORE
“Culturally responsive teaching” is everywhere at IslandWood. From our work with students and teachers in the Seattle area, to our programs on Bainbridge Island, this approach to teaching and learning influences eve-ry aspect of our educational philosophy and practices.READ MORE
For Morgan Malley, becoming a teacher has meant consciously moving from a traditional hierarchy, with the teacher at the top and students down below, to a partnership, in which she welcomes students’ experiences and ideas into the classroom.READ 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
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 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, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300
IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
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