Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

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

Environmental Science & Technology Practicum


The spring series begins Saturday, March 4.

To register, download and submit a completed registration form to For more information, call (206) 443-2925.

This 5-week high school program explores environmental science, clean technology and associated careers. Each week, teens participate in hands-on aquatic and terrestrial research out in the wetland and in our state-of-the-art wet lab. Students also have opportunities to interact with and learn from various science professionals in the field, who share their cutting-edge work and mentor students as they explore educational pathways in the environmental science and technology career fields. At the end of the series, teens receive a certificate of completion to enhance their academic portfolios and college applications.

Program Details:

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005)
  • When: March 4 – April 1
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $395, or $365 for Pacific Science Center Members*

*Financial assistance is available. To apply, complete the scholarship application on the registration form above.

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