Education

Photo of tree identification tour
SPU's Clay Antieau teaches how to identify Seattle's trees.

Explore the programs we offer for you to learn about the environment and get involved. We partner with schools to promote green practices.

Our most popular education programs exist at the Seattle Public Utilities Cedar River Watershed Education Center, which offers free 4th and 5th grade naturalist-led watershed field trips to public and private schools in the spring and fall. For younger or older students, we offer two group visits options. You can also explore our recreation area and trails.

Can't make it to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center? Browse our online learning resources to dive into many topics related to your drinking water. There are many video and text-based resources that teachers can use to help students understand our drinking water system, how to use water wisely, the history of the watersheds, and more.

View other available programs below, including some offered by SPU's partners.

 

School Recycling & Waste Reduction

Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU's) solid waste services offer several opportunities for public and private schools to learn about garbage, recycling, and compost in Seattle. Learn about on-site training and presentations from SPU's partners or sign up for tours at a local transfer station or other green facilities.

 

Salmon in the Schools

Salmon in the Schools supports hands-on learning for Seattle students. Every year, around 70 schools raise young salmon and learn about how humans affect salmon and our local waterways. This program teaches students that we all have an impact on our environment. Students learn that after they release their salmon, the work of taking care of our watersheds continues every day.

 

Water Conservation Education Program

The Saving Water Partnership (SWP), a collaboration of local water utilities, offers free programming to your students through a collaboration with Nature Vision. These 45 minute to one-hour programs the Next Generation Science Standards, WA State Science Standards, and STEM education.

 

Trees for Seattle Ambassadors

The Tree Ambassador project trains Seattle residents to be local leaders in urban forest stewardship. You can make a positive difference within Seattle's urban forest by:

  • Meeting fellow tree lovers and becoming a valued part of Seattle's urban forestry network.
  • Getting trained to lead projects you are passionate about.
  • Attending free workshops on subjects like tree identification, pruning, and tree biology.

Your forest needs you. Get involved today.