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Expanding Equitable Green Opportunities for Youth


Expanding Equitable Green Opportunities for Youth in Highline (E2GOYH) is a paid summer internship that equips high school students with knowledge, skills, and inspiration they need to pursue conservation careers while they earn a stipend and school credit. Through a combination of classroom and field-based learning, students gain valuable ecological restoration experience, hone their leadership and communication skills, and make professional connections within the environmental community. The ultimate goal of E2GOYH is to increase access for students from traditionally excluded and low-income communities to explore natural resources and conservation jobs by adding a critical element to the career pathway in these sectors. 

Students completed the six-week program with overnight stays at Camp Waskowitz and presented their own restoration project proposals to industry partners, Highline School District educators, and staff from Pacific Education Institute and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The restoration project proposals targeted sections of park near the students’ homes, Salmon Creek Ravine, and included the restoration goal, a site map, inventory, plans for removing invasive species and planting native species, and budget considerations. Students incorporated the knowledge and experience gained from classroom and field experiences where they learned to remove various noxious weeds, safely apply herbicides, conduct stream surveys, maintain trails, and various other restoration activities. Students also learned about environmental justice and honed their job search skills through resume sessions and mock interviews.  

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Washington Invasive Species Council

Did you know that August is National Tree Check Month? The Washington Invasive Species Council is asking you to check outside for invasive bugs. You can report your findings on their mobile app or website. Getting kids outside and helping the environment? What could be better? Want to dig deeper? Throughout the year, PEI hosts professional learning workshops regarding invasives.

Read about a past workshop.

Lesson Spotlight

New Math Performance Tasks

What do stink bugs and green crabs have in common? They are both invasive species in Washington and part of our new math performance tasks.  These tasks use environmental problems or issues as the context while students apply age-appropriate math to complete the work. Performance tasks are tailored to assist educators in integrating locally relevant, complex texts with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core while providing frameworks for constructing meaningful field experiences for students. 

Read more about our math performance tasks.
Download performance tasks.

Upcoming events

Visit our calendar for more information. 
Date Workshop Location (online)

Aug 17

Introduction to FieldSTEM: Ellensburg School District

Aug 19

FieldSTEM in the Garden: Wahkiakum School District

Aug 24

Introduction to FieldSTEM: Resources and Program Integration (Elementary): Cascade School District

Aug 25

Introduction to FieldSTEM: Resources and Program Integration (Secondary): Cascade School District

Aug 26

FieldSTEM at Chewelah Elementary
Eastern WA*
Aug 31
FieldDesign - K-5: Sherman Elementary, Tacoma School District
East Sound-S*
Sept 16 Project Learning Tree for Preservice Faculty Statewide

*school district specific 


With Gratitude

Thank you to our July funders

Florence B. Kilworth Foundation 
Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation 
Gail and Paul Kramer
Skokomish Tribe 
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