Give a $350 Salmon Heroes Scholarship: Invest in Our Salmon & Our Future

Give a $350 Salmon Heroes Scholarship: Invest in Our Salmon & Our Future

Promoting environmental stewardship and academic achievement through environmental science education

Promoting environmental stewardship and academic achievement through environmental science education

 

Our mission is to promote environmental stewardship and academic achievement through science-based education.

We visualize a community that is inspired and contributes to a sustainable future through quality environmental science education.

 

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Do you know the salmon life cycle song? Now our new naturalists do! ... See MoreSee Less

16 hours ago

Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park

ESC Salmon Heroes naturalists are prepared for another fun season with students! ... See MoreSee Less

ESC Salmon Heroes naturalists are prepared for another fun season with students!

20 hours ago

Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park

We're still applauding volunteers for hauling handfuls and armfuls of trash out of Seahurst Park Saturday!Friends and neighbors of Seahurst Park helped turn the tide on trash Sept 15 so that 178 pounds would not enter Puget Sound! The City of Burien sponsors ESC to coordinate a cleanup each fall and spring and we took part in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal cleanup, the largest worldwide volunteer project in service to our oceans. Thanks to 61 people, more than 300 plastic particles and 600 cigarette butts, which also contain plastic and chemicals, were removed, along with three trash bags full of recyclables. Cleanup crews tracked what they collected and some used the Ocean Conservancy’s app, Ocean Swell, which you can use daily to report the removal of marine debris. The Orca Conservancy was also on site to discuss our local whale populations and how to help them.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is the regional coordinator for cleanups that occur within the Puget Sound basin and will develop another annual report on what litter was found, including microplastics. These are plastic fragments and fibers five millimeters and smaller that come from the breakdown of larger plastics, but also car tires, latex paint and synthetic clothing fibers. These litter forms can absorb toxins and have shown up in the food web. Puget Soundkeeper coordinated with the University of Washington in 2018 to sample water and found 41 of 44 local sites between the San Juans and Olympia contained at least one microplastic. Seahurst Park had two fibers/fragments. A sample was collected during this event as well.

The beach at Seahurst is known for its low tide treasure trove of invertebrates, such as sea stars, sea anemones, moon snails and sand dollars. The removal of wrappers and plastics helps reduce the negative impacts on these creatures in their plankton or adult forms. The phrase “trash is the only thing you can take from the beach” is also a common saying in the park to ensure that shells, rocks and critters will stay put to become homes for barnacles, crabs and their comrades. You can see some of the cool marine life helped by volunteer efforts during three of ESC’s Moonlight Beach Walks that start in December. Popularity soared last year, so registration is now required for these fun events through our website.

Join us in thanking all of our wonderful volunteers and then join us in the spring for another cleanup! Thank you for pitching in during the event and on a regular basis!!!
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21 hours ago

Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park

Friends and neighbors of Seahurst Park helped turn the tide on trash Sept 15 so that 178 pounds would not enter Puget Sound! The City of Burien sponsors ESC to coordinate a cleanup each fall and spring and we took part in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal cleanup, the largest worldwide volunteer project in service to our oceans. Thanks to 61 people, more than 300 plastic particles and 600 cigarette butts, which also contain plastic and chemicals, were removed, along with three trash bags full of recyclables. Cleanup crews tracked what they collected and some used the Ocean Conservancy’s app, Ocean Swell, which you can use daily to report the removal of marine debris. The Orca Conservancy was also on site to discuss our local whale populations and how to help them.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is the regional coordinator for cleanups that occur within the Puget Sound basin and will develop another annual report on what litter was found, including microplastics. These are plastic fragments and fibers five millimeters and smaller that come from the breakdown of larger plastics, but also car tires, latex paint and synthetic clothing fibers. These litter forms can absorb toxins and have shown up in the food web. Puget Soundkeeper coordinated with the University of Washington in 2018 to sample water and found 41 of 44 local sites between the San Juans and Olympia contained at least one microplastic. Seahurst Park had two fibers/fragments. A sample was collected during this event as well.

The beach at Seahurst is known for its low tide treasure trove of invertebrates, such as sea stars, sea anemones, moon snails and sand dollars. The removal of wrappers and plastics helps reduce the negative impacts on these creatures in their plankton or adult forms. The phrase “trash is the only thing you can take from the beach” is also a common saying in the park to ensure that shells, rocks and critters will stay put to become homes for barnacles, crabs and their comrades. You can see some of the cool marine life helped by volunteer efforts during three of ESC’s Moonlight Beach Walks that start in December. Popularity soared last year, so registration is now required for these fun events through our website.

Join us in thanking all of our wonderful volunteers and then join us in the spring for another cleanup! Thank you for pitching in during the event and on a regular basis!!!
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3 days ago

Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park

See our Salmon Heroes program in action! This unique opportunity for students to learn about salmon lifecyles, habitat health, and human impacts over 3 days with an expert naturalist and bus transportation are offered for free or at a highly reduced cost so that all students can participate. Please help us develop the next generation of young scientists who care about the environment this October. Donate to invest in Salmon Heroes today. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park

Thanks to 61 people, 178 pounds of trash won't enter Puget Sound!!! Help us applaud their efforts from today's International Coastal Cleanup! Check back for more photos & watch King 5 at 5 & 6:30 to see your help in action. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to 61 people, 178 pounds of trash wont enter Puget Sound!!! Help us applaud their efforts from todays International Coastal Cleanup! Check back for more photos & watch King 5 at 5 & 6:30 to see your help in action.Image attachment

 

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Those are my boys.😄 Dale Puckett. Thank you for a great opportunity.

We appreciate the innovative help of Portland 3D Printing Lab and Beach Heroes students literally said it all while using these to make their fields guides. "This is so cool," and "this is awesome," were repeated over and over. Many, many thanks!From time to time, we do fun group projects which usually benefit the community. Earlier this year we printed plates depicting sea life for the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park, for their Beach Heroes program for children. This week, they sent an update about what our project has done for their program and what it means to them. Have a look! 3D Printing can have a strong positive impact- I hope to see you on our next project! ... See MoreSee Less

We appreciate the innovative help of Portland 3D Printing Lab  and Beach Heroes students literally said it all while using these to make their fields guides. This is so cool, and this is awesome, were repeated over and over. Many, many thanks!

ESC members Shelley and Sean became our heavyweight cleanup champions this spring with a whopping 42-pound pile, wrapped in barbwire. Will you match their findings Saturday?
envsciencecenter.org/beach-clean-up-event/
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ESC members Shelley and Sean became our heavyweight cleanup champions this spring with a whopping 42-pound pile, wrapped in barbwire. Will you match their findings Saturday? 
http://envsciencecenter.org/beach-clean-up-event/

Reid and fellow Tiny Trees Preschool instructors are excited to host kiddos at Seahurst Park this season! There are still openings for afternoon sessions:
tinytrees.org/locations/burien-west-seattle-white-center-preschool-at-seahust-park/
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Reid and fellow Tiny Trees Preschool instructors are excited to host kiddos at Seahurst Park this season! There are still openings for afternoon sessions:
https://tinytrees.org/locations/burien-west-seattle-white-center-preschool-at-seahust-park/
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