IslandWood was founded in 1999 as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region's children. In the nearly two decades since, we have expanded the ways our work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological well-being for all.

Our place-based, experiential learning programs offered on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle neighborhoods, and at the King County Brightwater Center serve more than 10,000 students every year. We have deepened our impact by co-developing science curriculum for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Generation Science Standards, offering two innovative Master’s level graduate programs in education, through policy engagement and authentic community partnerships.

We are also a resource and gathering space for community-building and education, offering summer day camps; free and low-cost community programs; and conferences and retreat services for nonprofits and corporations. 

IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization. 

IslandWood Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Apr 17, 2019
Graduate Assistant/Fellowship
Become an Educator for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future The IslandWood Graduate Program in Education for Environment & Community is a 10-month immersive teaching residency based on a 250-acre forested campus preparing culturally responsive educators capable of catalyzing community and environmental stewardship.  Offered in partnership with the University of Washington's top-ranked College of Education , our graduate program is a unique pathway connecting to Master's degree options at the UW.   Through coursework in environmental education and inclusive instruction, biweekly field-teaching experiences, and 1:1 mentoring, you will -  learn best practices in integrated, experiential, and student-centered learning develop culturally responsive teaching and curriculum development skills deepen an understanding of the systems and theories behind educational practices We are still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year! A monthly stipend is available to all enrolled students.  Scholarships and service awards up to $10,000 are also available for qualified applicants.   Visit our website to request information and learn more: