Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

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


Environmental Science & Technology Practicum

Are you interested in a career saving the world through science? In this session of Practicum, we’ll study how humans and nature can interact sustainably. Join us as we meet professionals working to solve environmental challenges including climate change, urban wildlife health, and stormwater runoff. You’ll learn how to assess stream health by looking at aquatic macroinvertebrates, canoe an urban water-way, and try your hand at building an urban forest.


Even if you have participated in Practicum before, this is a great time to come back and delve deep into the science of habitat conservation and restoration. We will talk to wildlife biologists, environmental engineers and land managers, then go out in the field and practice the skills needed to start a career in environmental science. At the end of the series, you will receive a certificate of completion to enhance your academic portfolio and college applications.

For more information or to be added to the interest list, call (206) 443-2925 or email

Program Details:

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (1625 118th Avenue SE, Bellevue)
  • When: 2018 dates to be determined
  • Cost: $395, or $365 for Pacific Science Center Members. Financial assistance is available for qualifying applicants.
Past Professional Scientist Guest Speakers

Dr. Cody Schlenker, novel polymers for solar panels, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

Dr. Paul McElhany, Ocean Acidification, NOAA

James Barger and Dr. Ellen Letvin, Environmental Innovation Challenge, University of Washington

Karin Bumbaco, Climate in Washington, Office of the Washington state climatologist

Dr. Meade Krosby, Wildlife and climate change adaptation, Department of Biology, University of Washington

Burton Hamner, small-scale hydropower, Hydrovolts

Amanda Bruner, urban runoff/becoming a scientist, Center for Urban Waters

Kit Paulson, urban watersheds, City of Bellevue Watershed Planning Manager

Dede Montgomery, Environmental Health and Safety, OHSU

Dr. Jim Thomson, Tidal energy, University of Washington

Elizabeth Wilmott, community responses to climate change, Climate Solutions

Ash Asad, Green buildings, McKinstry

Sono Hashisaki, Environmental assessment careers, Springwood Associates



Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center