Teacher Professional Development

From Salmon Heroes to Schoolyard Heroes

Learn how to use the schoolyard as an outdoor classroom to inspire observation and action in the local community. 

I really enjoyed that we went to Seahurst Park and got to experience the lessons as though we were the students. It helped me understand them more and get a better idea of how the activities might effect my students.

Participating Teacher

ESC’s four-part workshop series is designed to give teachers the tools and confidence to successfully lead quality outdoor learning experiences with their students. Teachers will understand how the health of the watershed in our local communities has an impact not only on our iconic salmon but on those of us who live here. Local actions, in neighborhoods and on our school grounds, have the ability to make a difference.


  • Designed for 4th-8th grades teachers
  • Typically a mix of in-person and virtual workshop sessions
  • NGSS-correlated lessons to support outdoor experiences for students
  • Receive a kit of materials to support the outdoor lessons
  • Receive a participation stipend of $150
  • Receive an additional $100 for implementing an environmental action project 
  • Qualify for 15 STEM Clock Hours
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other teachers


Check back in early fall 2024 for the next workshop series!


Contact Hanna Jones (hanna@environmentalsciencecenter.org) for more information.

From Salmon Heroes to Schoolyard Heroes is generously funded from the following:

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