TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Helen Buttemer

Name of university

University of Washington

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

High School

University course number

BIOL 492 A

University course title

Biology Teaching Methods

University course catalogue description

Basic course in the teaching of biology in the secondary school. Designed to help preservice teachers identify useful laboratory techniques, materials, and content for the teaching of pre-college biology. Special attention to current issues in biology education. Required for biology students in Teacher Certification Program.

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

Awareness of environmental issues as they relate to the teaching of high school biology

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

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  1. Population education workshop (3 hours). Included numerous hands-on activities that focused on the impact of world population on environmental concerns. Examples: “Water, Water, Everywhere”, Earth: Apple of Our Eye”, “Food for Thought”, “Take a Stand”.
  2. Field trip to a local natural area of choice. Choices included: local wetlands such as Mercer Slough, local marine beaches, old growth forests. Students subsequently developed lesson plans for K-12 teaching based on field trip.

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

  1. DVD: World Population, access to website:, CD-ROM: Pop Ed
  2. Plankton nets, tree corers, field guides, cameras etc.

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

  1. No
  2. Generally no, although several students did accompany a local high school class on a field trip to the beach.

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

Describe the setting.

  1. Indoor, in a large classroom, and nearby Teacher’s Resource Center.
  2. Outdoor, at a local of choice.

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


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

  1. Yes – Population Connection. They provided teacher resources to be distributed to pre-service teachers.
  2. No

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

  1. Word of mouth and written course evaluation. Very favorable reviews. The students appreciated how practical the materials were.
  2. Students wrote a paper and lesson plan. Cemented their commitment to do outdoor investigations.


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


Thank you!