In May, IslandWood hosted “Seattle Stormwater Systems and At-Home Science Learning,” a virtual workshop for teachers, in collaboration with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and with funding from King County. The workshop brought together teachers for an afternoon of sharing resources, generating lesson ideas, and learning about Seattle’s stormwater issues and infrastructure. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; with the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others killed as a result of racism; and with all those who are and have long been fighting for justice, equity, and freedom from racism. As a historically white-led environmental education organization, we recognize the legacy of racism, injustice, and anti-Blackness within our field, and understand that we have perpetuated and benefited from racism and white supremacy. It is our responsibility to use our unearned privileges to combat racism and stand with those fighting for justice. We encourage our community to petition for justice, donate if able, and support Black-led organizations working towards racial equity. We will continue the work of becoming an anti-racist organization to better serve our communities, staff, and the planet. #BlackLivesMatterREAD MORE
“What should the Duwamish River be like in the future?” Celina Steiger, IslandWood’s Urban School Programs Coordinator, poses this question to a group of 5th graders from Maple Elementary School as they sail on an Argosy boat down the Duwamish River in South Seattle.READ MORE
How does something as precious as rain become an environmental hazard? When roads and roofs keep it from soaking into the ground, rain flows through gutters and storm drains into our waterways, picking up pollutants, such as lawn fertilizers, oil, and even sewage, along the way.READ MORE
At IslandWood, we believe that opportunities to learn are everywhere. Whether it’s on a bustling city street or in a rain-soaked forest, there is always more to discover about the world around us and our connection to it.READ MORE
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.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300 IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
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