Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

A partnership with the City of Bellevue, offering nature-based programs for all ages.

Environmental Science Pathways

Engineers are real-world superheroes working to solve Earth’s most pressing issues, including climate change, air and water pollution, and clean energy. In this new session of Environmental Science Pathways, join fellow curious and tinker-minded middle school students to explore ways we can benefit humans and nature by solving environmental engineering challenges. Build a wind spinner and test which designs might be most efficient at power generation. Conduct water quality testing and engineer filtration systems while learning how scientists are working to protect our rivers and the species which depend upon them. Investigate solar energy and more. Bring your enthusiasm and ideas and let’s start saving the world!

Registration for the Spring 2018 series is now closed.

Environmental Science Pathways

“I remember making the exothermic reaction in a vial with some of the ‘stuff’ we found in the slough, and learning about the basics of pH levels. I think of [one of the other students] and Lisa and I all having fun talking about our experiences in the lab. When I was in Pathways, I had very recently moved to the Bellevue area just about a year ago, so I didn’t know much about the environment, animals, plants, and kinds of ecosystems were there… I also was very shy and didn’t feel like talking to people back then (since I had just moved), but Pathways helped me to change, and become more social, and start to enjoy talking to others again!”

-Evan, Past Pathways Participant

Program Details

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Dates: April 21 – May 19, 2018
  • When: Five Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Cost: $275, or $250 for Pacific Science Center Members

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable. We reserve the right to cancel a session if enrollment is insufficient and will contact registrant for a full refund. We will notify registrant at least 48 hours prior to the event start time.

Continue Environmental Science Exploration in High School

Students in grades 9-12 can register for our Environmental Science and Technology Practicum, a program held Saturday mornings that offers teens hands-on environmental science experience and exploration of educational pathways within this promising career field.


Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center