ECOSYSTEMS FIELD STUDY FOR SEATTLE 5TH GRADE STUDENTS
In March through June 2023, IslandWood, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, will be offering a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned field study for Seattle 5th-grade students. The field study is designed to enhance and localize the Amplify Ecosystems Restoration unit taught in Seattle Public Schools.
Students will make focused observations about urban creek ecosystems and conduct investigations to increase their understanding of how people, plants, and animals interact with water in the ecosystem.
They will build an ecosystem web for a creek ecosystem, investigate water quality, soil, plants, and human impact at the creek, and then propose action steps that could improve the health of the creek ecosystem.
This is a 2-part program that includes a 3.5 hour park-based field trip and a virtual or in-class post-lesson; a pre-lesson is available for teachers to deliver as well. The field trip is FREE, and bus reimbursements are available!
The field trip will take place at Meadowbrook Park for schools in North Seattle, and Be’er Sheva Park for schools in South Seattle. Dates are available March – June.
Students will gain localized context and knowledge related to the Amplify Ecosystems Restoration unit by understanding how water systems affect the communities in which they live. Experiencing the outdoors and increasing their comfort and appreciation of green spaces can facilitate students’ sense of stewardship and capacity to make change by identifying, investigating, and designing a solution to an urban challenge in their community.
In an effort to prioritize historically underserved schools, we will be opening registration first for schools with greater than 38% free and reduced lunch rates and in the regions nearby the field trip locations.
Schools with 25-38% FRL will be able to register on Monday, February 13th.
Registration will be open for all remaining schools on Monday, February 20th.
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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