Green Jobs

High School YESS Crews Get Hands-on Learning and Work Experience This Summer

In the 2023 Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS) program, high school students across the state earn credit while building their skills and exploring natural resource careers. Over 5-6 summer weeks, class time was paired with hands-on service at community partner sites. At the end of the course, each student received a document that rates their proficiency in entry level industry skills. Students can use this document to craft their resumes and describe their skills when applying for jobs.

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FieldSTEM Training

South Sound Teachers Explore Forest Education and Management at August Workshop

Pacific Education Institute (PEI), Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), Cowlitz Ridge Tree Farm, and other community partners participated in the second workshop for Engaging Communities in Forest Education in the South Sound/Lower Columbia Region in the beginning of August.

This workshop took a similar format to the first and had a ton of learning packed into two days that flew by. The workshop began in Centralia, WA, with PEI coordinator, Lara Tukarski, leading the Project Learning Tree (PLT) activity ‘Viewpoints on the Line,’followed by a panel discussion including Lisa Perry and Jacob Graham from SPI, Steve Ogden, Dave Sund, and Jacob Vaughn with WA DNR and Margaret Kreder from Mason Conservation District.

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Environmental & Sustainability Literacy

Outdoor Learning Spaces + School Gardens: 10 Schools Implement ELG Grants Statewide

This spring, 10 schools from all over Washington used Environmental Literacy Grant funding to build new outdoor and school garden spaces, supplement outdoor teaching materials and provide professional learning opportunities for their staff. Check out these stories from Tenino Elementary School and PRIDE School in Spokane.

PEI Impact

Workshop and Participation Data for Fiscal Year 2023

PEI Educator Resources

Announcing our Online Resource Directory! 

We now have an easier way for you to peruse our teaching resources with our new online resource directory. To access the resource directly from our website, click on the orange “Resources” button at the top of our website.On the “Resources” page, use can use the filters to search for exactly what you need. You will still find all your PEI favorites, including ELA and Math Performance Tasks, FieldSTEM guides, Schoolyard Investigations, Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines, Career Cards, CTE Frameworks and more! The Resources button is currently taking the place of the Calendar button, but you can still access the PEI calendar through the “Our Work” menu.

This is a new directory! If you are having difficulty locating a resource or have feedback about how we can make this directory better, please email [email protected].

Special Event

Registration Now Open! 2023 FieldSTEM Celebration  

You're Invited!

Join us at the 2023 FieldSTEM Celebration on October 6th! The event is expanding. In addition to honoring the FieldSTEM Teacher of the Year, School of the Year, District of the Year, Community Partner of the Year, Legislators of the Year and Legacy Honoree, the event will include dinner, a silent auction and a live performance by Sturgeon Moon, an 8-piece band from Olympia! You won't want to miss it. Get your tickets here.

Special Event

Sneak Peek: FieldSTEM Honorees

FieldSTEM District of the Year: Cascade School District
Cascade School District is a rural district in the Leavenworth region of Central Washington with about 1200 students. One of the core values of CSD is the Outdoors: we actively engage in the beauty and diversity of our natural environment to learn, stay fit, and positively impact the world around us. CSD has been delighted to partner with Pacific Education Institute and other community partners to consider how to put this value into practice.

FieldSTEM Community Collaborator of the Year: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Becca Kedenburg (she/her) is the Education Program Manager at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The Greenway Trust hosts two Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS) student internship programs, with Highline Public Schools (starting in 2021) and Riverview School Districts (starting in 2022). YESS helps increase access for teens to careers in natural resources and conservation related fields.

FieldSTEM Legislator of the Year: Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way)
Representative Reeves is a working mom, former foster youth, and small business owner who advocates for working families, educators, veterans, and building an economy that works best for all of us. Outside of the Legislature, Reeves is a community & economic development, equity & inclusion, and organizational development consultant.

Learn more about these and other honorees at the FieldSTEM Celebration on October 6th! 

Tools & Tips for Teachers

Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Nature Education

As summer winds down, explore two examples of Project Learning Tree activities designed to support social and emotional learning for students of different ages. ‘Poet-Tree’ connects students with nature while incorporating observation skills, grammar, literature and communication; ‘Monitoring Forest Health’ brings real-world relevance to math and science lessons.

Source: Project Learning Tree
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Upcoming Events 

Date Workshop Location
October 24-27  Outdoor Schools Washington: Residential   Outdoor Experiences Learning Program  Statewide
January 25 & 26  Environmental & Sustainability Literacy Student   Science Summit  Statewide

Visit our calendarfor more information.

  With Gratitude

Thank you to last month’s donors and funders!

Bill Monahan

Gareth Waugh

John Ison


Plauche & Carr, in Memory of Ron Shultz

The Skokomish Tribe Contribution Fund
Washington State Conservation Commission Employees – in Memory of Ron Shultz


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