Education Program Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page is divided into the following categories to help you find your answer faster. Don’t see the answer to your question? Visit the main Education Program page or contact our Education Program Manager, Becca Kedenburg.

  • Waivers
  • Chaperones
  • Transportation
  • What to Bring/Wear
  • Program Cost
  • Free or Reduced Lunch Rate
  • Classroom Lessons
  • Curriculums
  • Science Journals
  • Stewardship Events

 

Waivers

Who is required to bring a signed waiver?

All participants. One signed waiver covers a youth for their field trip and stewardship event. Adults sign a separate waiver at each event.

Where can I find printable waivers online?

Find waivers at: mtsgreenway.org/get-involved/education/waivers. They are available in English, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Greenway Educators will have blank waivers  available for adult participants only.

Do adults need to sign a waiver?

Yes. All adults, including teachers, must sign a waiver for the field trip and stewardship event.

Chaperones

How many chaperones do I need to recruit for the field trip?

We ask that teachers bring at least 4 adult chaperones per class for field trips and 3 adult chaperones per class for stewardship events. This is in addition to the teacher. (One exception: we ask for at least 3 adult chaperones per class for Forests on the Edge field trips).

What are chaperones expected to do?

Chaperones play an important role. They help us manage student behavior (especially when using tools like shovels and loppers), guide small groups of students in field investigations, and keep students engaged in the task at hand. Greenway Educators explain their role in more detail at the beginning of the field trip.

Transportation

What are my transportation options?

Depending on number of students and resources, schools choose to use a school bus or carpool. Some schools may be eligible for transportation assistance.

Is my school eligible to use a free Wheels to Water bus?

Schools with a free or reduced lunch rate of at least 25% are eligible to use a free Wheels to Water bus, provided by King County. There are limited buses, so contact the Education Program Manager promptly if you are interested in using one. Schools with a free or reduced lunch rate of at least 50% are eligible to have their school bus(es) paid for by the Greenway Trust.

Is my school eligible for other transportation assistance?

The Greenway Trust can cover the cost of school bus transportation for schools with a free or reduced lunch rate of at least 50%. Contact the Education Program Manager for more information.

I was approved to use a Wheels to Water bus. Where do I register?

If you have been approved by the Education Program Manager, register for your Wheels to Water bus(es) at least three weeks before your field trip date here: kingcounty.gov/services/environment/wastewater/education/wheels-to-water.aspx.

How many people fit on a Wheels to Water bus?

There are two bus sizes: one carries 40 passengers and one carries 70 passengers. Contact the Education Program Manager for more details.

I registered for my Wheels to Water bus. What happens next?

The King County Wheels to Water coordinator will send you a confirmation email 1-2 weeks before your field trip with an attached transit report, which you will hand off to the bus driver.

What to Bring/Wear

What do my students need to bring/wear on their field trip?

  • Backpack
  • Lunch
  • Full water bottle (sites have little or no access to drinking water)
  • Boots, tennis shoes, or other closed-toe shoes that they don’t mind getting muddy
  • Rain gear and/or warm clothing (jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Greenway science journal

Program Cost

How much does your program cost?

Our program fees are per class and are based on a school’s percentage of students participating in the National School Lunch Program (also known as the free or reduced lunch rate). Find program cost table here.

Free or Reduced Lunch Rate

Where can I find my school’s free or reduced lunch rate?

OSPI’s Washington State Report Card: washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.

What is a free or reduced lunch rate?

The National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced meals to students at a free or reduced price. The Greenway Trust uses this metric as a guide for the sliding scale of our program fees.

Classroom Lessons

How long are the classroom lessons?

The in-class and reflective lessons are approximately an hour each.

How should I prepare for classroom lessons?

Be sure to teach the introductory lesson for your curriculum before a Greenway Educator visits your school. Please have your students complete the pre-program assessment in the first pages of their Greenway science journal. The Greenway Educator will need to use your computer and projector to show a presentation, which they will bring on a USB drive.

What do my students need for the classroom lessons?

Your students will need their Greenway science journal and a pencil.

Curriculums

What curriculums do you offer?

We have four curriculums to choose from. Learn about them here.

Which curriculum is best for _____ grade level? 

Grades 4-5: Next Generation Stewards

Grades 5-8: Forests and Fins

Grades 5-8: Forests on the Edge

Grades 9-12: Biodiversity Project

Science Journals

What are Greenway science journals?

We created a science journal to accompany each of our curriculums so that students have a place to record their observations, data, conclusions, and reflections. Students use them in the classroom and in the field. See them all here.

When do I get the science journals for my students?

We will mail science journals to your school about a month before your in-class lesson.

Stewardship Events

What is a stewardship event?

Students have an opportunity to build on what they learn in the classroom and on field trip by doing ecological restoration. They use basic hand tools (shovels, rakes, loppers) to improve habitat for salmon and other important wildlife species.

What do students do at a stewardship event?

We typically plant native trees and shrubs in the fall/winter and remove invasive plants (e.g. Himalayan blackberry, English ivy) in the spring/summer.

Can we do your program without doing a stewardship event?

Yes, and we strongly encourage including the stewardship event. If program or transportation costs are a limiting factor, contact the Education Program Manager.

Can we just do a volunteer restoration event without doing the rest of the education program?

Yes! Please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

 

We look forward to working with you and your students!