Urban School Programs

IslandWood's Urban School Programs Team delivers science education programs in urban settings, including the Community Waters Curriculum and Field Study in Seattle Public Schools, at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville, schoolyard lessons connected to IslandWood's School Overnight Program on Bainbridge Island, and Professional Development Opportunities for teachers.

Our programs connect school science curriculum to watersheds and other built and natural systems in or near the communities where students live. Each has been designed in partnership with local school districts to teach Washington education standards and assist students in preparing for Washington State Assessment exams. Our programs especially help teachers work with Next Generation Science Standards. 

IslandWood’s Urban School Programs:

  • Work closely in partnership to support schools and teachers, including incorporating school standards such as Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Reinforce and build upon the student learning that occurs in both formal and informal settings.
  • Broaden the idea of environment to include urban systems and emphasize human impacts on ecosystems.
  • Are learner-centered, culturally responsive, and adaptable to the participants and the needs of their community.