IslandWood was founded in 1999 as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region's children. In the nearly two decades since, we have expanded the ways our work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological wellbeing for all.
Our place-based, experiential learning programs offered on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle neighborhoods, and at the King County Brightwater Center serve more than 10,000 students every year. We have deepened our impact by co-developing science curriculum for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Generation Science Standards, offering two innovative Master’s level graduate programs in education, through policy engagement and authentic community partnerships, and with our Nature Passport app.
We are also a resource and gathering space for community-building and education, offering summer day camps; free and low-cost community programs; and conferences and retreat services for nonprofits and corporations.