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Mountains to Sound Greenway Education Program

TEACHING the Next GenerationSally and Students looking into the trees - by John Brecher


The Mountains to Sound Greenway Education Program brings an educator into 4th - 10th grade classrooms in King County schools to teach inquiry-based science curriculum, takes students on a field study trip to a nearby forest, and/or provides an ecological restoration component, all with the goal of teaching about the challenge of sustaining a healthy, natural environment in balance with the needs of a growing population. We engage students to think critically about real life problems, asking questions such as: What is the best way to use the last forest lands bordering the city? How does urban development affect the life-cycle of salmon? Each year, over 3,000 students participate in classroom lessons and over 2,500 student go on field study trips.

By registering your class for one of the six different curriculum units we offer, teachers are eligible for a(n):

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It costs $640 to teach one in-class lesson and one field study trip (not including transportation costs). To offset the cost of providing our programs, we developed a Fee Schedule for the In-class Lesson and Field Study Trip portion of our program. These fees are per class. Stewardship Extension events are still provided at no-cost to schools. The King County Metro Wheels to Water Program provides a limited number of buses every year to transport schools with higher than 25% free/reduced lunch to our field trips.

You can also download or request a copy of the poster - Biosolids, The Ultimate in Recycling!

The Mountains to Sound Education Program is aligned with the EALRs: Essential Academic Learning Requirements (pdf) and is funded by generous grants from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. The program is also supported by the Lucky 7 Foundation, Green Mountain Coffee, New Belgium, Umpqua Bank, the Mountineers, Washington Foundation for the Environment, the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, the Klorfine Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Washington Women's Foundation, the Alan Stephenson Boyd Family Trust, the McKibben-Merner Family Foundation, Outdoor Nation, The Boeing Company and donors to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. To make a donation to the Greenway Education Program, please visit the class sponsorship page.

The Stewardship Extension program received initial funding of a No Child Left Inside grant from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Northwest Biosolids Management Association provided funding for the Savvy about Soil curriculum. Penny Harvest funded the design and printing of Native Plant ID books.

 

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Both Sally and Rachel were phenomenal during our trip to Cybil-Madeleine Park for our stewardship field trip. Both were extremely knowledgeable about the area, the animal and plant species and the importance of your/their/our mission. We had a couple of medical “emergencies” and both Sally and Rachel were level headed and expressed genuine concern for our students and staff...This is a great program for staff and students to get out and explore the natural community around us! Thank you!!!

~ Cassandra Hahn, Clark Elementary

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