TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Carole Kubota

Name of university

University of Washington Bothell

Level of preparation for the program being described: elementary, middle school, high school (or combination)


University course number


University course title

Knowing, Teaching, Assessing in Earth, Physical and Life Sciences

University course catalogue description

Introduces the nature of science as subject matter, as a process of inquiry, and as a fascinating way to make sense of the world. Emphasizes the techniques, attitudes, skills, and competencies needed to become a scientifically literate citizen.

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

Prospective K-8 teachers become familiar with various environmental education programs (e.g. Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Aquatic WILD) available to teachers. They learn to apply ecological concepts in the classroom and learn how to teach about environmental and sustainability issues. They also learn about the University of Washington Bothell campus “greening” efforts which can also be used in k-12 schools.

Description of the experience(s) the pre-service teachers had to learn EE-ESE strategies

(This is the main, detailed description. Please include enough detail so someone else will know what you did.)

Facilitators of Project Learning Tree and Project WILD spent 4 hours with the prospective teachers, introducing them those EE programs. The facilitators had the prospective teachers engage in 5 or 6 PLT/WILD activities in order for the teachers to gain a good understanding of the philosophy behind the programs.

To learn about the UWB efforts to become a more ecologically responsible campus, the Director of Facilities spent a morning with the prospective teachers. Campus efforts (e.g. water use reduction, energy efficient light bulbs, recycling stations, worm bins, worm “tea” fertilizer, wetlands mitigation) were introduced via a powerpoint presentation. After the presentation, the teachers took a walking trip around campus to see these efforts first-hand and to learn how to set up worm bins back at their own schools.

Materials/equipment needed for the pre-service teacher experience (include technology that may have been used)

Magnifying glasses, meter sticks, PLT/WILD materials for various activities. Powerpoint for presentation regarding UWB “greening” efforts.

Were preK-12 children involved? (Yes or no). If yes, describe their involvement and ages.


Was this an indoor or outdoor project (or both)?

Describe the setting.

Both indoor and outdoor. UWB campus is situated next to a restored wetlands which is used as an outdoor laboratory.

Were other subject area professors involved? Yes or no. If yes, what subjects were integrated? How?

Not really, however, we work with the Literacy Professor on science notebooks.

Were there community/ agency/institution partners? Yes or no. If yes, how was the partnership structured?

Yes, facilitators from PLT/WILD worked with the preservice teachers for no charge. We worked through the Washington Project WILD/Nature Mapping Director and the Director of Environmental Education for the WA Forest Protection Agency.

How was the program evaluated? What did the pre-service teachers have to say?

Program evaluations were distributed by the PLT/WILD facilitators. The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.


If another grant was written to support your EE-ESE work, what types of things would you hope to accomplish?

I would like to do some follow up with the preservice teachers who landed teaching positions. I’d like to see how and if they are using the EE/ESE information they received in their preservice program.

Thank you!