Mercer Slough Environmental Education CenterA partnership with the City of Bellevue, offering nature-based programs for all ages.
Environmental Science & Technology Practicum
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 application 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.