Educator Resources

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Our professional development opportunities, including courses, workshops, and individualized supports, are designed to support powerful, equity-based learning experiences that connect to students’ lives and communities.

RESOURCES FROM OUR BAINBRIDGE PROGRAMS

Associated with our Bainbridge Island campus educational program, our in-depth Learn site is typically used by graduate students as a resource to help them engage students in critical thinking, scientific investigations, and stewardship of their communities and planet.

AT-HOME SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

Activities, songs, and exercises to help inspire students to explore their own neighborhoods and communities while strengthening observation and investigation skills and deepening ecological knowledge.

ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION

We strongly believe that education must be relevant, responsive, and accountable to the places and people we serve. The following are just a few of the articles and resources that our educators have been finding useful in their own work towards ensuring that our programs are equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist.

BRIGHTWATER PLANT SELF-GUIDED TOUR

Lead your students on a self-guided exploration of the Brightwater Education Center, attached to the state-of-the-art Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center. Watch guided videos of 14 key locations around Brightwater and follow along with brief activities and lessons about stormwater, wetlands, wildlife observation, and more along the way!

COMMUNITY WATERS CURRICULUM

Community Waters, our highly-regarded 4th grade science curriculum, has been used by teachers throughout the region and the country to guide students in solving real community environmental problems, deepening their knowledge, and engaging in science in socially-relevant ways.

NATURE PASSPORT

Offered in partnership with NaturePlay, the Nature Passport app (available for both mobile and web use) is filled with activities to encourage children to explore and engage with the natural environments around them – from backyards, to forests, to city parks, and everything in between. Designed for both families and classrooms, be sure to check out tips for using the app with your students!

GARDEN EDUCATION

In our School Overnight Program, we’ve seen firsthand the power that gardening has to help children foster social and emotional well-being, gain a greater understanding of ecological principles, develop problem-solving skills, and explore issues of food equity and stewardship.

PHENOLOGY

Follow along with our educators and docents as they share phenological highlights – examples of seasonal change – that they have been noticing in the natural world each week. We’ve heard from several teachers that these videos have helped them encourage their students to explore the natural world around them while learning remotely, and we hope you find inspiration in them too!

ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION

Check out this video with your students to see whether you can identify these 13 species who have been roaming our woods! This video also provides the perfect jumping-off point to learn more about the animals in your students’ own neighborhoods and communities.

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