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.


Applications due January 8! Use the form below to register today.

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.

To register, complete the form below. For more information, call (206) 443-2925 or email Click here for a PDF version of the application form.

Program Details:

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (1625 118th Avenue SE, Bellevue)
  • When: Five Saturdays, January 13-February 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $395, or $365 for Pacific Science Center Members*

*Financial assistance is available. To apply, complete the scholarship portion of the registration form below.

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

Environmental Science & Technology Practicum
Application for January 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Science & Technology Practicum. We’re excited for you to join us for our upcoming session. Participants who are most successful in the program commit to attending all five Saturdays. We ask that potential teen participants complete the statement of interest in their own words.

To be considered for a scholarship, complete the information at the bottom the form. If you have any questions, call (425) 450-0207.

  • Please submit a short paragraph (150-200 word) statement of interest that describes why you would like to participate in the Environmental Science & Technology Practicum and include answers to the following questions: What are you most interested in learning about in the practicum program? What are four skills, talents or things are you good at? What science or environmental careers are interesting to you and why?

    Pacific Science Center strives to make education program opportunities available to all interested people regardless of income. All scholarships are granted on an income percentage basis, dependent on individual circumstances and family size. Multiple scholarship positions are available per session and these scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. All information is confidential.



Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center