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IslandWood is a non-profit environmental education[1] organization with programs on Bainbridge Island, Seattle,[2] and Woodinville[3] in Washington.


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;[4] a subsequent feasibility study showed that half of Puget Sound area students did not receive overnight outdoor education programs.[5] The Brainerds purchased 255 acres (1.03 km2) of land for the program,[6] which was founded in 2000.[7] In 2011, IslandWood was selected to lead the education programs at the Brightwater sewage treatment plant.[8]


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.[9]

In 2014, IslandWood partnered with Antioch University Seattle (AUS) to launch the Urban Environmental Education Program.[10] In 2019, IslandWood and AUS ended their partnership, with AUS taking over the program.[11]


  1. ^ EPA. "What is Environmental Education?".
  2. ^ Sewell, Lauren (2018). "Partner Spotlight: IslandWood". City Habitats.
  3. ^ King County. "Brightwater Center".
  4. ^ Chou, Aimee (2005-11-18). "Brainerds marry love of land and technology". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  5. ^ Lasala, Rebekah (2007-06-29). "IslandWood blends technology with nature". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  6. ^ Paulson, Tom (2003-09-10). "Newly found fault shakes up beliefs about regional quakes". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 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.
  7. ^ Cook, David; Guzauskas, Lauren (2012). "E-PARCC Collaborative Governance Initiative Case Study" (PDF).
  8. ^ Cook, David; Gazauskas, Lauren (January 2012). "Leading IslandWood: From Homewaters to Brightwater" (PDF). Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  9. ^ "IslandWood Residency". University of Washington College of Education.
  10. ^ Thomashow, Cindy (June 7, 2018). "The Diverse Voices of Future Urban Environmental Educators". The Nature of Cities.
  11. ^ Antioch University Seattle. "MA in Education with Urban Environmental Education".

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Coordinates: 47°36′19″N 122°31′58″W / 47.60528°N 122.53278°W / 47.60528; -122.53278