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A day in the life of an environmental educator
Plan, pack, load, travel, teach, repeat!

We love the days when we are in the classroom, teaching Pierce County students about how to care for our environment.

But a lot of planning and preparation takes place before we ever set foot in a classroom. When teachers request our programs, we meet with them weeks in advance to develop just the right lessons for their students.
Between the four of us, we have decades of teaching experience and have invested time and expertise into developing age-appropriate curriculum for different topics like resource conservation and composting.  

A typical day of teaching starts with loading gear into vehicles. Depending on the lesson, this could include a worm bin, recycling carts, green cleaning kits, supplies for upcycled art projects, or gloves and gardening tools.   

Once the car is loaded, we head to school. Travel time varies—it might be 15 minutes to University Place, or an hour to Carbonado. Then it’s time to sign-in, get a visitor's badge and find the classroom.

Then the real fun begins, as we help students explore our world and learn to think critically about creating a more sustainable Pierce County.

If you have never worked with our environmental education team, make this school year the year you start. Request a program at piercecountywa.gov/enviroed.

— Environmental Education team (Stephanie, Ryan, Mary and Kari Ann)

Gear in our storage area
Assorted gear
Visitor badges
Our collection of visitor badges!
kits for the classroom
Kits for the classroom

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30 years and better than ever!

To celebrate our anniversary, we're sending monthly updates with stories, learning opportunities and tips for sustainable living.


We hope you enjoy seeing what's happening in your community!

Please share your feedback and ideas with us.

In their own words

Artwork by Pierce County kids

Children's artwork
pledge wall
children making posters

Learning Opportunities

Zero Waste Garden Series

Composting classes (September–October)
Composting: The Breakdown; Family Vermicomposting!; Vermicomposting
Register at piercecountywa.gov/composting

Edible Gardens Workshops

Classes in September:
Fruit, Nuts & Berries; Composting Basics & Putting the Garden to Bed
Register at piercecountywa.gov/ediblegardens


Salmon Homecoming Celebration
Sat. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
DeCoursey Park, Puyallup
Event Info

PLACE - A Community of Practice
Practice, Learn and Connect to the Environment.
For educators interested in Environmental Education

(3 clock hours available for every two sessions attended)
Second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00
Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S. Tyler St. in Tacoma)
Urban Tree Sale
Pierce Conservation District
Attend a tree workshop and receive up to three free trees per household.

Safer School Supplies
School supplies can impact indoor air quality and the health of students and teachers in the classroom. Some commonly used supplies may contain chemicals that trigger asthma and allergies. 
When shopping for back-to-school supplies, consider using this guidance from the Washington State Department of Health's School Environmental Health Program. It was originally developed by the Spokane Regional Health District at the request of their School Advisory Committee. On the list are options for safer supply list choices that will help to provide a healthier classroom environment.
Consult with your school or district to ensure compliance with policies that may prohibit certain classroom supplies.

More information and resources: 
Classroom Cleaning - Tips for Teachers
Healthy Air Quality in Schools - Tips for Administrators, Custodians, and Teachers

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