Community Waters Field Study

IslandWood has developed a new outdoor field study designed to apply Next Generation Science Standards engineering practices to a local stormwater site in Seattle. Students investigate how engineers have attempted to solve problems associated with stormwater runoff by using models, testing how solutions are working, and considering the needs of stakeholders. This program utilizes a variety of outdoor locations around the city to situate learning as close to students' schools as possible. 

This program connects to Seattle Public School's 4th grade Community Waters Science Unit. It incorporates Next Generation Science Standards and supports the 3-5 Engineering Design performance expectations. IslandWood's Land and Water Field Study is being replaced by this program. 

Who: 4th graders in Seattle

Time: 3.5 hours including lunch break, 9:45-1:15 

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March through June, coordinated with Community Waters science unit.

Where:  A creek, stream, and/or stormwater infrastructure location as close to your school as possible. Locations for 2017-18 include the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel, Carkeek Park, and Mapes Creek at Beer Sheva Park

Cost:  Free!  This program is fully funded by Seattle Public Utilities.  Transportation assistance available. 

Registration: Not yet open for the 2018-19 school year.

Priority registration will go to teachers teaching the Community Waters Science Unit in 4th grade in Seattle Public Schools. If you are not teaching Community Waters this year, but are still interested in this field study, we will add you to a waitlist.  Please email Cori Rendon at