Shelton's PEI Experience

PEI Experience

Students & teachers take part in an award winning book
Posted on 05/18/2020
Student taking part in their PEI experience at Bayshore Preserve.
Students taking part in their fieldwork along with Education Outreach Coordinator from Capital Land Trust, Mary Birchem.Since the fall of 2014, the Shelton School District has been developing an outdoor education program for grades K-9 with the support of the Pacific Education Institute. As a science teacher for the district, Wendy Boles has had the opportunity to be involved with the development of the programs at several grade levels.

Seventh-grade students take part in fieldwork as part of the program at Bayshore Preserve (site of the old Bayshore Golf Course), working in conjunction with Capital Land Trust who is restoring the area to its natural state. Six years of work have produced changes in both the site and the work the students are doing. During their time there, teachers, Wendy Boles and Ben Floyd, and students, Jace Colvin, and Kylie Walker were interviewed by author David Workman, who shared the program in his book titled “ We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea”.

Book Cover: We are Puget Sound
A few years down the road after being published, the book received the Nautilus Award Silver Award in the Ecology and Environment category! “The Nautilus Awards represent Better Books for a Better World. Their core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.” Students and teachers who took part in the creation of this book received signed copies from the author.
The work that students complete as part of their Field STEM project also includes creating a brochure for the Bayshore Preserve that explains the history and restoration to visitors. One visitor took the time to write a thank-you note to our students acknowledging their hard work.

“Thanks for your work in researching and preparing these brochures. It is great to know that there are people like you who are interested in learning about and sharing the history of the places they live in. It helps all of us learn to care about each other and where we live.” - Bayshore Preserve Visitor

The Shelton School District is very proud of our students and teachers who are positively impacting our community through their education!
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