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This month, we recognize Juneteenth, share our new Sustainability Course, and spotlight resources for virtual forest tours. 

PEI Recognizes Juneteenth   

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas - home of the most remote enslaved people in the U.S. – and declared that the Emancipation Proclamation formally ended slavery in lands occupied by the Union Army. Though, the Civil War had ended nearly two and a half years earlier, they finally learned they were free.  Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate the end of formal slavery in this country. 

PEI is recognizing Juneteenth as a Day of Action and Learning. We plan to spend the day supporting and learning about Black history and Black culture. Some of us will participate in service projects benefiting the Black community. Others will read books or writings by Black authors, listen to music by Black artists, or watch documentaries or movies about Black history or Black culture. We desire to make it a time to reflect on the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work we are committed to for ourselves and our organization. As we continue to engage in essential conversations about race, these individual experiences will support our collective transformation toward becoming an anti-racist organization. 

What we've been up to

Sustainability Course Pilot

This year, we developed and piloted a Sustainability Course. The five-unit course focused on refining students’ critical and creative thinking around the complexities of climate change, sustainability, and United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Funding to develop the course and run the pilot came from the Connell Family Fund, a private foundation.

Throughout the pilot, teachers submitted weekly feedback surveys. In April, the team conducted a debrief to assess overall effectiveness and which individual components were engaging for students. Once the project wraps, PEI’s team will finalize the curriculum for high school teachers, with plans to pilot the course with middle school teachers in the fall. Those who participated in the spring pilot program will implement the revised version with a new set of students next year. The eventual goal is for the program to become fully adopted in secondary schools throughout Washington State.

Read more about the Sustainability Course

Sponsor Spotlight

Port Blakely

Port Blakely is a long time supporter of PEI, its programs and initiatives. Their "focus is on managing the ecosystems in which products grow with the utmost respect to provide renewable forest products around the world. As a fifth-generation, family-owned company, we believe that healthy forestlands and the natural resources they generate can sustain our families, neighbors and communities, along with the planet." Port Blakely helps fund programs like FieldSTEM and Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines, which provide real world science experiences, outdoors. While in-person field experiences aren't currently available, check out their virtual tours here.

Kelly Stanley, Environmental Education Coordinator, connecting students
with nature by providing classroom visits and tours in the forest.

Upcoming events

Visit our calendar for more information

Date Workshop Location
June 21,22,23 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Wetlands West Sound
June 23, 24,25 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Regenerative Agriculture Writing Workshop Western WA (by invitation only)

With Gratitude

Thank you to our last month donors:

Daryl and Michele Connell 
Jennifer Dechaine 
Allyson Rogan-Klyve 
Dennis Sterner 
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.(SFI)
The Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation (RYAMF)
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