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Wetlands Journey Educator Workshop

Twenty-three educators joined the UW Botanic Gardens, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), and the Burke Museum to showcase ways to teach and learn about wetlands. On Saturday, October 11, MOHAI hosted the workshop. This day highlighted the history of wetlands in Seattle as well as restoration efforts at the Washington Park Arboretum. The Burke hosted the second day of the workshop. Teachers toured theArctic Wings exhibit to learn about birds that rely on wetlands. They also tried out wetland lesson ideas, learned ways to incorporate sketching and journaling into their curriculum, and investigated resources that the Burke offers, including the Burke Box traveling study collections. The Burke Museum was pleased to partner with MOHAI and the UW Botanic Gardens, and the partnership itself is a highlight. One teacher wrote, "I loved to see the three organizations come together for this workshop!"

Teacher Comments:

"I left feeling very excited and inspired about creating wetland curriculum for my students! I am not a history buff - but that portion of the workshop increased my interest in incorporating history into science lessons."

"As an educator, I am now both interested in and mindfully changed regarding wetlands. My morning walk along the Edmonds waterfront is more thoughtful and more engaged with plants and wetland animals. I loved the journaling and drawing and for my birthday present with my class tomorrow we will do this."

Teachers try out sketching
Teachers try out sketching and observation exercises to focus their students in the outdoors
Photo by Martha Lindsey
Educator Tim Stetter
Burke Environmental Educator Tim Stetter talks with a teacher about migration between the Arctic and Seattle wetlands
Photo by Martha Lindsey
Burke Outreach Manager
Burke Outreach Manager Briana Nino shares a few of her favorite lessons on wetlands and watersheds.
Photo by Martha Lindsey
Teachers examine specimens
Teachers examine specimens of wetland plants, birds, and mammals from the collection of the Burke Museum.
Photo by Martha Lindsey