Join Nature Consortium educators in the classroom and in the West Duwamish Greenbelt for scientific and creative environmental lessons and hands-on service learning.
Public schools in the West Seattle, White Center, Burien, and South Park neighborhoods with 50% or more students on free or reduced lunch are offered the opportunity to receive free environmental education lessons in exchange for service learning in forest restoration. Lessons cover age-appropriate topics in ecosystems and restoration ecology that meet Washington State K-12 Science Standards.
Private schools and Community Centers are invited to take part in this program for $100/hour per educator in the classroom. It is free for students to participate in service learning through our restoration program. There are scholarship opportunities available upon request for private schools and community centers that serve high percentages of low income youth.
Interested teachers can contact Mollie Behn for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 923-0853.
Nature Consortium educators will lead lessons for K-6th grade classes that cover: habitats and ecosystems in local parks, restoration ecology, and fostering a sense of stewardship. Nature Consortium educators will provide all necessary education materials.
Hands-On Field Work:
In exchange for environmental lessons, classrooms join Nature Consortium staff in the West Duwamish Greenbelt for service learning in forest restoration for 2-4 hours. Students will learn basic restoration techniques as well as how restoration connects to lessons learned in the classroom or field.
Restoration will occur rain or shine and may include removing invasive plant species, spreading mulch, or planting native trees and shrubs. Students should dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty! Nature Consortium provides all tools, gloves, granola bars, and a jug of water (bring refillable water bottles). More information about restoration can be found here.
Environmental Education Exchange Goals:
- Connect area schools and students to urban green spaces
- Provide education in issues surrounding urban green spaces through topics covering ecosystems and restoration ecology
- Make connections between art and students experience and understanding of green spaces.
- Promote stewardship in green spaces
- Promote social and environmental justice