Decomposer Discovery


The Environmental Science Center collaborates with a wide variety of partners including schools, social service agencies, governments, and environmental organizations.  Together, we are stronger and better prepared to serve our community.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) high school students participate in service learning projects.  These students are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

Big Picture Middle School science teacher collaborates on development of restoration DSC05035DSC_2087project and ties to academic curriculum.  Students participate in the restoration project and water quality testing at Seahurst Park.

City of Burien leases ESC’s learning center, maintains Seahurst Park, loans restoration tools and supplies, and provides leadership during restoration projects.  ESC also partners with the City to provide various environmental education programs throughout the year.

foundry10 supported ESC during the initial Covid-19 lockdown with technology grants and valuable assistance troubleshooting our live-streaming programs. Currently, they are donating time to help us fully evaluate our new public programs.

Highline School District administrators and teachers work with ESC to ensure that programs are academically aligned and best suited to serve students.  Over the past decade, ESC has worked with nearly all of the elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools to provide enriching environmental education programs.  We also serve students from the Auburn, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, Federal Way, and Seattle School Districts.

New Start High School collaborates on development of restoration projects and curriculum.  Students participate in restoration and garden projects near their school.  This is an alternative high school for students who have had challenges in the traditional system.

Normandy Park Community Club provides a private site for ESC to conduct its Salmon Heroes program.

Puget SoundKeeper Alliance collaborates on hosting Beach Cleanup events at Seahurst Park.

Puget Sound Partnership / Puget Sound Starts Here provides consistent stewardship messaging used in ESC’s programs and outreach communications.

Puget Sound Skills Center is a cooperative of the Highline, Federal Way, Tukwila, Tahoma and Fife school districts, ESC partners with the PSSC on collaborative programming. PSSC operates the Marine Technology Center (MTC) at Seahurst Park.

Seattle Aquarium hosts the Aquarium Open House for ESC’s New Futures and other after-school attendees where high school students participate as volunteer leaders and translators.

Shinnyo-en Seattle Temple members give back to the community through service projects.

Southwest Youth and Family Services/New Futures students participate in the after-school science clubs, Water Heroes Summer Training program, and summer camps.  These students come from transitioning, bilingual families – primarily from Latino backgrounds.

White River Valley Museum collaborates with ESC during the Salmon Heroes program. Their historic site on the Green River (Mary Olson Farm) is a field study site for Auburn and Federal Way schools.

WRIA 8 (Water Resource Inventory Area 8) In WRIA 8, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmentalists and governments are cooperating on protection and restoration projects and have developed a science-based plan to conserve salmon today and for future generations. Funding for the salmon conservation plan is provided by 28 local governments in the watershed.

WRIA 9 (Water Resource Inventory Area 9) is a consortium of 17 municipalities in South King County that are coordinating for the purposes of watershed restoration and salmon recovery. The ESC is pleased to be partnering with WRIA 9 to provide educational programs to residents, students and residential builders about actions they can take to protect and preserve salmon habitat.

ESC’s Financial Supporters for Programs

Special thanks to all our corporate, foundation, and government donors who financially support our programs:

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