Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center


Community Partners Program

The Community Partners Program supports Pacific Science Center’s mission to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation and critical thinking in all of us.

Guided by the principle of ‘Enabling Access to All,’ we aspire to ensure that Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center’s facilities, programs, experiences and the benefits they provide are accessible to teens of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical and intellectual abilities.

The Community Partners Program offers free, out-of-school-time, immersive environmental education programming to well-established organizations serving teens from communities typically under-represented in science fields.

2020 Updates

We are not accepting program requests at this time. Please subscribe to the Educator Newsletter for updates on PacSci’s online science resources and future programs.

Potential Programming Possibilities

  • Hike on a wetland ecology field study in our 320-acre nature park
  • Learn about the importance of native plants and how to identify them
  • Monitor water quality at a local stream or pond using chemical and biological factors
  • Nature journaling workshops
  • Discover how scientists are studying the impacts of climate change on our local environment

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a nonprofit with verifiable 501(c)(3) status.
  • Eligible community partners include service-based, nonprofit or governmental organizations that specifically serve teens from communities under-represented in science fields, including but not limited to: low-income families; communities of color; LGBTQ+ youth; immigrant and refugee communities; people with disabilities; families or individuals experiencing homelessness and others. If your organization serves teens from any of these communities, we encourage you to apply.
  • Programs must be scheduled a month in advance.


Application Requirements

Please have the following ready to submit when filling out the application form below:

  • Your Federal Tax ID number.
  • Your mission statement, or be prepared to describe how the program requested will advance your organization’s service to teens.
  • Your organization’s physical address and contact information. Include your website address, if applicable.


Additional Information

Learn more about Community Partners in the quick PacSci Podcast below:

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