The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a nonprofit organization offering experiential environmental education programs for all ages at local beaches, streams, forested areas, and school gardens throughout south King County. Our goals are to inspire and foster environmental stewardship actions for all program participants, and to offer knowledge and resources for communities to deepen their relationship with their local environment.

Honoring This Place

The Environmental Science Center operates from the traditional and stolen homelands of Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the dxʷdəwʔabš (“People of the Inside” – Duwamish), suq̀ʷabš (“People of Clear Salt Water” – Suquamish) and Muckleshoot Tribe. We recognize and honor the land itself and all tribal members of the past, present and future, including Indigenous teachers and scientists. We are grateful for the ways Indigenous Peoples continue to be caretakers of this land and all that live here, and we acknowledge how their stewardship was disrupted by the theft and colonization of their land. We strive to build reciprocal and respectful relationships with the land and its Peoples, and to be in partnership and solidarity with local Tribes and Indigenous communities. 

ESC’s Commitment to Anti-Racism Work

ESC is committed to becoming an inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural organization engaging our community in environmental education and creating safe and affirming outdoor programs for everyone. We are working to model anti-racist practices in our institution and personal behavior and have a Racial Grievance Policy which is intended to support people of color to feel safe in the workplace, for participants to feel welcome during programs, and to actively address and interrupt microaggressions, harassment, racial discrimination, and other racial misconduct. To see our full Racial Grievance Policy, please click here: ESC Racial Grievance Policy. To file a Racial Grievance, please click here: Racial Grievance Reporting Form If you choose, your racial grievance will be address by the Racial Grievance Committee is made up of board member Carolina Chambers and staff member Orian Grant.

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