Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

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

Environmental Science & Technology Practicum


The fall series begins Saturday, October 10!

To apply, download and submit a registration form to For questions, call (206) 443-2925.

This 9-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 nine-week session, teens receive a certificate of completion to enhance their academic portfolios and college applications.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • When: 9-week session runs on Saturdays from October 10 – December 12
  • Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (1625 118th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005)
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $395

Limited scholarships are available! Complete the scholarship portion of the registration form to be considered. 

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

Students in grades 6-8 can register for Environmental Science Pathways, an 8-week after-school program that offers a fun and hands-on exploration of environmental science.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center