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Schools and Organizations - Local or Ecoregional

The schools and organizations listed here have an especially strong local or ecoregional focus, while also providing more general programs on biodiversity. We invite you to let us know about other schools and organizations.

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Columbia Plateau Ecoregion

Kittitas Environmental Education Network

The Kittitas Environmental Education Network is a group of concerned individuals working together to promote, advocate, and publicize environmental education within the Kittitas County community.

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) is committed to increasing citizen involvement in decisions that affect the region's environment through community organizing and education.

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North Cascades Ecoregion

North Cascades Institute

The North Cascade Institute Learning Center is in the North Cascades Ecoregion. They work to inspire close relationships with nature through direct experiences in the natural world. Since 1986, this nonprofit organization has worked to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education.

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Northwest Coast Ecoregion

Olympic Park Institute

Olympic Park Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational adventures in nature's classroom to inspire a personal connection to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. Their campus is located on the shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

Olympic Natural Resources Center

The Olympic Natural Resources Center, a University of Washington facility, is located in Forks. It was created to foster and support the research and education necessary to provide sound scientific information on which to base sustainable forest and marine industries.

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Okanogan Ecoregion

Spokane Audubon Center

Audubon Washington is working on a proposed education center in Spokane.

Chewelah Peak Learning Center

The Chewelah Peak Learning Center, near Spokane, supports outdoor learning for K-12 students in eastern Washington.

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Puget Trough Ecoregion

Audubon Centers

Audubon Washington has education centers in University Place, near Tacoma (the Adriana Hess Audubon Center) and in Sequim (the Dungeness River Audubon Center). A new center, in Seward Park, Seattle, is being developed.


EarthCorps is based in Seattle, Washington. It enrolls volunteers who work on volunteer-based and contracted restoration projects on public lands in the Puget Sound and Cascade mountains. Last year, EarthCorps volunteers provided more than 100,000 hours of environmental service throughout the Puget Sound.


An innovative educational facility on Bainbridge Island, IslandWood offers environmental education programs for everyone—children, graduate students, teachers, families, and adults. The 255-acre outdoor learning center is designed to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong stewardship.

People for Puget Sound

People For Puget Sound offers a wide range of educational options, including classroom visits and activities, a speaker’s bureau, beachwalks, and Kids for Puget Sound web pages.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is an educational and scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our marine and shoreline environment.

Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium invites you to see, touch, and explore the amazing underwater world. Get face-to-fin with marine life and discover the natural wonders of the Puget Sound.

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Fulfilling its education role, Seattle Parks provides programs for nature enthusiasts, homeowners, and folks interested in their environment through a host of venues. Individuals and groups of all ages can join one day, overnight, and season-long educational programs.

Tacoma Nature Center

The Tacoma Nature Center invites you to take a "quietly wild" trek in the heart of the city as you explore this 54-acre wetland habitat. They offer a self-guiding booklet, an exhibit area and laboratory, nature programs, and naturalist-led trips around Washington.

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle offers a variety of educational activities, everything from Bug Club to Zoo Camps.

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West Cascades Ecoregion

Cispus Learning Center

The Cispus Learning Center serves more than 16,000 students and adults each year in support of outdoor education in western Washington.

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