Spring Classes Starting Up At Environmental Science Center

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by Mark Neuman

It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful spot to “go to school” than Seahurst Park, showcasing the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound right here in Burien.

Our friends at the Environmental Science Center (ESC), located at Seahurst Park, announce their Spring Course programs starting March 27.

Course topics include:

  • Water Heroes – Keep our watershed healthy (Classroom Presentation & Activity)
  • Digging up Dirt – A Field Investigation Using the Scientific Method (Three Classroom Sessions)
  • It’s a Jungle Out There – With focus on eelgrass beds found in Puget Sound (Classroom Presentation & Activity)
  • Exploring Intertidal Puget Sound – Beach etiquette and stewardship are stressed (Classroom Presentation & Field Study)

“ESC strives for a ratio of 1 instructor for every 10 students in the field in order to provide high quality instruction and personal attention for every student, as well as to meet teacher’s requests for specific curriculum emphasis,” says Julie Burr, ESC Executive Director.

“For schools with more than fifty percent of their student population on free or reduced lunch, please inquire about our program cost fee waiver,” Julie said.

Programs are aligned with 2009 Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements, Science Standards, and Environmental Education Standards.

ESC staff will work with teachers to modify programs to fit their curriculum needs.

Know a teacher or school principal/administrator? Send them this article or give them a call! ESC works with thousands of students from schools all around the Puget Sound area every year.

For more information, here’s how to contact Julie and her staff:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 206-246-2144

Website w/class info: www.envsciencecenter.org/Programs/programs.htm

Here’s how to get there (see map below):

  • From Ambaum Blvd. in Burien, head west on SW 144th
  • Turn right on 13th SW. That road will take you all the way to Seahurst Park; drive down to the beach, where parking is available (if it isn’t, there’s a second parking lot near the top)
  • Walk north along the beach a couple hundred yards and there you are!

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