“IslandWood is a highly respected leader in environmental education and community stewardship, and we’re delighted to collaborate on the development of new learning opportunities at Brightwater,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.
The partnership with IslandWood will enable the expansion of educational programs currently offered at the Brightwater Center to students in the third through eighth grades, including teacher trainings, adult workshops, family programs and summer camps.
IslandWood will also support the Brightwater Center through collaborative marketing, fundraising and partnership development.
Environmental education has been part of King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s mission for decades.
About 3,000 people a year already tour its regional treatment facilities to learn about clean water processes and technology, resource recovery, pollution prevention for homes and businesses, and the protection of Puget Sound.
IslandWood is currently in its tenth year of providing programs that help children and adults discover connections between people and the natural environment.
More than 17,000 people each year come to the organization’s main campus on Bainbridge Island, and thousands more participate in IslandWood programs in Seattle-area neighborhoods.
“IslandWood is already reaching 100 schools with our programming, but we’re limited by how many can come to our center on Bainbridge Island,” said Ben Klasky, IslandWood’s executive director. “We’re thrilled to be working with King County to reach thousands more children and teachers closer to where they live.”
Since the Brightwater Center opened in September, King County has already hosted meetings and events, as well as school field trips and tours to community members, university groups, high school students, and professional groups.