We partner with teachers to connect classroom learning to real-world environmental examples in students’ own communities. We offer water-themed day-long programs at King County’s Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, science and engineering lessons in schoolyards throughout King and Snohomish Counties, and field studies of neighborhood creeks, streams, and stormwater infrastructure in Seattle.
Extend your 3rd – 5th grade students’ science and engineering learning beyond the classroom with 90-minute lessons in your schoolyard, sponsored by King County. Offered free to King and Snohomish County schools (with some geographic exceptions), these in-person lessons help students connect to science more deeply by exploring stormwater infrastructure, ecosystems, and engineering design right in your school’s “backyard.”
We will not be running Community Waters Field Studies this year, but our upcoming Schoolyard Program also helps students strengthen their science and engineering skills while exploring stormwater infrastructure right in their school’s “backyard.” Learn more about the program and sign up to notified when registration opens here!
This outdoor field study applies Next Generation Science Standards engineering practices to a local stormwater site in Seattle. Students investigate how engineers have attempted to solve stormwater problems by using models, they test how those solutions are working, and they consider the needs of stakeholders. This program is available in three outdoor locations around the city and is made possible thanks to the support of Seattle Public Utilities.
-Brent Hinson, Teacher at Lowell Elementary
-Sue Sander, Teacherat Discovery Elementary School
3 out of 4 teachers saw students making connections to the program months after participation
80% of teachers report that students made connections between the program and their home community
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.
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IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
A Special Thanks to our corporate sponsor
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