Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

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


Environmental Science & Technology Practicum

Summer 2019 Sessions: July 8-12 and August 5-9

Registration has not opened for summer 2019. To be notified when it is open, email

Learn about environmental science, clean technology and associated careers. For one week this summer, high school students participate in hands-on aquatic and terrestrial research while looking ahead to discover educational pathways for environmental science career fields. Join us this summer for a week-long field intensive program that explores these areas and more. For one week we will hike, canoe and discover our local ecosystems. If you are interested in getting outside this summer and exploring careers in environmental science, this is the program for you.


Program Details:

  • Grades: 9-12
  • When: July 8-12 and August 5-9 (girls only session)
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Cost: $395, or $365 for PacSci Members
  • Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (1625 118th Avenue SE, Bellevue)
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