New Environmental Science Program for Middle School Students Launches March 6

Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728


SEATTLE, WA (February 6, 2014) –For middle school students, there are few opportunities for exploring cutting-edge work in sustainability and environmental science. This spring, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue is offering Environmental Science Pathways, a new after-school program that engages youth in understanding and solving some of the most important environmental challenges we face today. 

Beginning March 6, students in grades 6 – 8 will have the rare opportunity to explore the world of environmental science and clean technology. For eight weeks, students will discover the science behind renewable energy, watersheds and our natural environment. They will conduct field experiments in the biologically diverse wetlands of Bellevue and explore the chemistry of freshwater and marine systems in our state-of-the-art wet lab. Participants will also learn about many of the fascinating and diverse career pathways in environmental science and technologies.

“We are very excited to offer this unique program for middle school-aged students that provide a quality after-school opportunity for hands-on activities and exposure to environmental science and clean technology,” said Karen Lennon, Manager at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. “Students will engage in scientific studies and develop leadership skills that will prepare students for high school and beyond.”

Sessions will take place Thursdays from 3:30 – 6 p.m. at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Limited transportation is available to Mercer Slough from designated school pick-up locations. The session fee is $250 or $275 with transportation. Registration is now open and space is limited. For more information about Environmental Science Pathways, please click here. To register, please call (206) 443-2925. 

Built on a 320-acre wetland, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration of Pacific Science Center and the City of Bellevue. For general information on Mercer Slough’s programs and the facility, visit: