Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

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


Environmental Science & Technology Practicum

Summer 2018 Session
August 6-10, 2018

What will our region’s forests look like in 50 years? How will climate change affect animals like orcas and pikas? What are scientists and land managers doing to slow down and adapt for climate change? How can teens get involved?

Join us at Mercer Slough for a week-long field intensive program answering these questions and more this summer. For one week we will hike, canoe and explore Washington’s rare and wild ecosystems, all while learning about climate change. If you are interested in getting outside this summer and exploring careers in environmental science, this is the program for you!


Registration for the August 2018 session is closed.

Summer 2018 Program Details:

  • Grades: 9-12 (the grade you’re entering in fall 2018)
  • When: August 6-10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (1625 118th Avenue SE, Bellevue)
  • 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

Environmental Science & Technology Practicum
Financial Assistance Application for August 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Science & Technology Practicum. To be considered for a scholarship, please complete the form below. 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