TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Rodger C. Hauge plus regional natural resource professionals

Name of university

Eastern Washington University

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


University course number

EDUC 490

University course title

Natural Resources Capstone

University course catalogue description

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

Connecting the soon to be graduated pre-service teacher to community natural resources and resource professionals in ways that enhance their understanding of natural resource conservation and utilization.

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.)

A day studying water quality in a creek and adjoining pond. A day in a world-class demonstration forest studying silvaculture, and plant ecology. A day spent studying earth history in a marble quarry within the Kootenay Arc. A day studying fire ecology on a National Wildlife Refuge that manages timber for wildlife. And a day spent conducting their own investigation into a local habitat. The week was spent at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center. Each day except the last was jointly facilitated between the instructor and a local resource professional. Background knowledge was shared and activities were accomplished at each site.

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

Individual laptop computers, digital microscopes, water quality equipment, forest measurement equipment,

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

Some years – it did not work out this year. Many years we work with the Chewelah School District elementary summer school.

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

Describe the setting.

Outdoor project – at the end of each day we went inside to build a “work product” that was shared with the group.

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

No, but our resource professionals came from a multitude of natural resouces backgrounds. – County conservation district, Health district, others

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

Stevens County Conservation District, Northeast Washington Tri-county Health District, Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood Demonstration Forest

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

Standard university evaluation process. In past years we used in-depth surveys as we were proving the course concept. This has been discontinued. The candidates like the course. The course numbers have maxed out for the last two years.


EE and sustainability issues are a minor part of our normal science methods instruction.

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

With the approval of the Washington State special endorsement in sustainability and environmental education our community plans on writing multiple grants to support both pre-service and in-service EE programs

Please complete the following template and return it via e-mail to Lynda Paznokas (, questions: 509-397-2765), grant PI, by June 22nd. If you have artifacts (photos, newspaper clippings, student work, etc.) that you would like to share, please scan them in and send them as attachments. Please don't send too many attachments at a time (in order to keep my computer happy!). Be sure you have necessary permissions for anything you send. Thank you.

If more than one of you worked together on the project, feel free to complete your template together, indicating all of the names of faculty members, adjuncts, and instructors that were involved. The important thing (and grant requirement) is that we have project descriptions from all universities (elementary and secondary teacher preparation) that are part of the SEEP grant:

Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Gonzaga University, Heritage University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, St. Martin's University, University of Idaho, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington Bothell, University of Washington program at IslandWood, University of Washington Seattle, University of Washington Tacoma, Walla Walla University, Washington State University program in Grays Harbor, Washington State University Pullman, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Washington State University Vancouver, Western Washington University, and Whitworth University.

If your students participated in more than one experience, you may complete more than one template. It may be easier and more clear to readers than combining activities into one template (your choice of what works best).

Thank you!