In 1997, over 1,000 acres (4 km2) of land were being sold on the south end of Bainbridge Island. Local residents Debbi and Paul Brainerd proposed the idea of building a children's outdoor education center; a subsequent feasibility study showed that half of Puget Sound area students did not receive overnight outdoor education programs. The Brainerds purchased 255 acres (1.03 km2) of land for the program, which was founded in 2000. In 2011, IslandWood was selected to lead the education programs at the Brightwater sewage treatment plant.
IslandWood runs the Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC) which is offered in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education.
In 2014, IslandWood partnered with Antioch University Seattle (AUS) to launch the Urban Environmental Education Program. In 2019, IslandWood and AUS ended their partnership, with AUS taking over the program.
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The outdoor learning center IslandWood, recently established on 255 acres (1.03 km2) by a donation from the Brainerd Foundation, allowed the geologists to rip the 50-foot (15 m)-long, 10 feet (3.0 m)-deep hole on their new grounds in mid-August.
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