Since 2000, the Environmental Science Center has been expanding and tailoring its programs to fit the needs of local schools, parents, and community organizations.  We aim to guide students and community members to become better stewards for our environment and to appreciate the world around us.

Bow Lake Elementary Beach Hero

Bow Lake Elementary Beach Hero

Beach Heroes

The Beach Heroes program introduces students to the local Puget Sound beach habitat and the organisms that live there.

 Classroom Visit & Field Study

March – June

During the 1-hour classroom visit, students will learn proper beach etiquette and stewardship while learning about marine invertebrates and their relationship to the beach habitat and the other living things with whom they share their home.  During this NGSS-correlated lesson, students will create field guides they will use during their field study.

The 2-hour field study features both naturalist-led beach exploration and structured activities, during which students will learn all about the habitat restoration of Seahurst Beach!

The fee for this program is $150 per class (30 students or fewer) and includes the one (1) hour classroom session with a naturalist and the two (2) hour beach field study with two naturalists.  For schools with a Free & Reduced Lunch Rate of 50% or greater, transportation subsidies and fee reductions and waivers are available.  Our sliding-scale fee structure is detailed on our registration form.

Click here for more information about program details and to register a class

After participating in ESC’s Beach Heroes program, students pledge to adopt three behaviors to protect, to conserve, and to educate others about our oceans and marine debris.  To honor these students’ commitment to environmental stewardship, they received an Official Beach Hero identification card.


Salmon Heroes

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The Salmon Heroes Program includes a 1-hour classroom lesson, a 3-hour guided field study investigation, and a 1-hour post-field study classroom lesson.  (Recommended for Grades 4-8).


Classroom Lessons & Field Study Investigation:  During the 1-hour classroom lesson, students will engage in hands-on, NGSS-correlated activities that explore the habitat needs of salmon – as well as the challenges to survival that salmon face – during each stage of the salmon life cycle.  During the 3-hour field study, students review the salmon life cycle, learn external and internal anatomy, collect water quality data, learn about the changes that the local community made to their behaviors in order to make the Creek better habitat for salmon, and then play a large-group game that mimics the challenges salmon face in making it back to their spawning grounds.  During the post-visit, students analyze the water quality data they collected in the field and compare it to previous year’s data, and to data collected from a different local creek. Students will then evaluate different actions that people can take in order to lessen their impact on salmon population health.

Location: Classroom visits are held at your school.  One visit will be scheduled for before your field study; one classroom visit will be scheduled for after your field study.  Field studies take place at Normandy Park Cove, the convergence site of the Walker/Miller Creek watershed.

Busing: You need to arrange and pay for transportation for this field trip.  Registering multiple classes within a grade level is strongly encouraged.  There is an opportunity for bus reimbursement for schools that have a 50% or greater free/reduced lunch rate.  Please contact Programs Manager Joanna Stodden for more information regarding bus subsidies.

Cost:  $350 per class of 30 students.  This includes the 1-hour classroom visit, the 3-hour field study, and the 1-hour post-field study classroom visit.  If your school has 50% or greater free/reduced lunch rate, you will pay a reduced program fee of $70 per class of 30 students.  If your school as 80% or greater free/reduced lunch rate, your program fees will be waived.  Please contact Programs Manager Kasey Dolin for more information regarding program fee subsidies.

Billing: An invoice will be sent to you when your registration and scheduling process is complete.

Chaperones: During the field study, you will need to provide 4 chaperones for each class.

Click here for more details about the Salmon Heroes program

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