Environmental Education

Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it.

Bill McKibben Presenter at "Celebrate Earth Day with Bill McKibben," Seattle University 2016

Education teaches us what to pay attention to, influences what we see as important. At its best, environmental education simply provides all of us the opportunity to reconnect with what eminent biologist EO Wilson refers to as biophilia: the innate love we all have for life. In a time when many are disconnected from the rest of the natural world, it is important that we continue to research and develop environmental education as an intrinsic part of curriculum in all levels of education. With a greater understanding of our environment and how we are a part of nature, will come a greater respect for the natural world and a desire to protect it.

Research Highlights:

Local Organizations1

  • Islandwood is a 225-acre outdoor learning center located on Bainbridge Island designed to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. 
  • Facing the Future creates tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future.  
  • Wilderness Awareness School, an environmental education organization based in Duvall, Washington, is dedicated to caring for the earth and our children by fostering understanding of nature, community, and self.  
  • Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math, and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.  
  • Environmental Education Association of Washington is Washington’s professional association for environmental and sustainability educators and stakeholders. 
  • North Cascades Institute strives to connect people to the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest through hands-on learning opportunities.
  • EarthCorps - offers educational and community service opportunities to restore parks, forests, shorelines, and trails in the Puget Sound area.


The resources listed were compiled by CEJS as examples of local organizations working on environmental programs and sustainability initiatives. Seattle University is not affiliated with these organizations and expressly disclaims all responsibility for any content provided and all liability that may arise out of participation in any organization programs or activities.