Happy April! Read below to learn one way we are addressing environmental justice and how we are celebrating Earth Day.

FieldSTEM in Action

Addressing environmental justice through urban forestry

In a year of chaos and uncertainty, one high school in Spokane is serving as an example of what is possible, even under difficult circumstances. The On Track Academy (OTA) is among nine schools around the county to be named a Founding Campus in the Arbor Day Foundation’s new Tree Campus K-12 recognition program. PEI facilitated the collaborative effort between OTA, the City of Spokane’s Urban Forestry Department and the Arbor Day Foundation. The student’s focus was environmental justice. OTA is in northeast Spokane, which has notably less tree canopy than more affluent areas of the city. Students began contacting community groups and putting together presentations to recommend where trees could be planted around their neighborhood to provide the greatest benefit.

Read more about the project here.

Interested in having an urban forestry project at your school? Contact Program Director, Denise Buck, to learn how your district or school can get involved.

PEI Celebrates Earth Day

Where is your favorite place in nature?

Earth Day was created to celebrate our beautiful planet and bring awareness to the issues facing it. At PEI, we are celebrating by sharing some of our favorite places in nature. View our Storymap and check out our website to learn easy ways you and your students can connect with nature, so every day feels like earth day.

Featured lesson

Earth Day - 6th Grade

Through research and writing, this performance task raises awareness and understanding of the origins and evolution of Earth Day. Students finish this project by planning ways to celebrate Earth Day in their communities this year and in the future.

Download the performance here.

Upcoming events

Visit our calendar for more information
Date Workshop Location
Apr 22 FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: FieldDesign Statewide*
Apr 24 FieldSTEM: Meaningful Math Performance Tasks Statewide
Apr 27 FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: Community Partners and FieldSTEM Statewide*
Apr 29 FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: ELA Performance Tasks and Science Connections Statewide*
May 4 FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: Equity and FieldSTEM Statewide*
May 5, 8, 13 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Wetlands East & South Sound*
May 6, 13, 19 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Urban Forestry Statewide*
May 13, 25, 27 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Wildfire (MS + HS) Eastern Washington
*by invitation only

With Gratitude

Thank you to our March funders:

Gareth Waugh
Grays Harbor Community Foundation
Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG)
Ignacio Marquez 
John Ison 
Mark Doumit 
Ron and Heather Sisson 
Suquamish Tribe
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