Statement of Action: The Environmental Science Center is in the process of reconsidering and revising our mission, vision, and overview, in order to ensure that they reflect our core values as well as our ongoing commitment to justice and equity in outdoor education.
The Environmental Science Center promotes environmental stewardship and academic achievement through science-based education. Serving South King County since 2000.
Founded in 2000, the Environmental Science Center is a not-for-profit organization offering quality, experiential environmental education programs at our local beaches, streams, forests, and classrooms in South King County. ESC promotes environmental stewardship to thousands of people through collaborations with a growing number of school districts and community-based organizations as well as speaking engagements, festivals, and workshops. Over the years, ESC has steadily grown the number of programs it offers, the diversity of students it serves, and the number of hours of science-based environmental education it provides.
Because ESC believes it is important to form values that foster environmental stewardship and conservation early, we focus much of our programming on children and families. Typically, ESC in-programs consist of one hour of classroom instruction followed by a two- or three-hour field trip to sites like Seahurst Park or Normandy Park Cove. During the inquiry-based field portion of the program, students learn to analyze what they are seeing, develop a deeper understanding of ecological systems, see how environmental quality is impacted by human decisions, and reach informed conclusions about how to make responsible choices as citizens.
In addition to classroom-based instruction and field trips, we offer after- school programs, summer programs, adult and teacher workshops, high school internships and mentors, and restoration projects. ESC also engages families through a wide variety of outdoor programs, including lectures, environmental walks, and custom field trips that use parents as chaperons.
Our community is inspired and contributes to a sustainable future through quality environmental science education.
- Increased enjoyment and understanding of environmental science
- Sense of community responsibility for healthy choices that affect the Puget Sound ecosystem
- Improved quality of life and career opportunities for children from low income families through involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classes
- Greater representation of diverse communities in STEM occupational fields
Respect for the Environment– We recognize that making choices that benefit our environment stem from a respect for the natural world.
Community Engagement– We understand that positive change starts with investing in the community in which we live and work, and that everyone within our community can impact the health of our environment.
Academic Achievement– We know that STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education can improve the quality of life and career opportunities for people within our community.
Discovery and Exploration– We support hands-on learning opportunities that produce engaging and quality educational experiences with lasting impact.
Equity and Access– We believe that everyone should have access to quality science education.