Openings Still Available for Two-Week Summer Teen Program at NatureBridge

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NatureBridge still has a few open spots for the Summer Field Research Course at its Olympic National Park campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give high school students the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in the country.

Modeled on the successful program at NatureBridge’s Yosemite campus, the course offers an intensive teen summer science adventure. High school students will work with National Park Service scientists, using cutting-edge technology to produce their own ecological research project.  The research will be included with a backpacking trip across the Olympic Mountains and ending at the Elwha River, where the largest dam removal in U.S. history is underway.

“Our teen participants will learn critical thinking skills and improve their scientific literacy and confidence,” said Jen Kidder, course director. “The course is student-centered, inquiry-based scientific learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can transfer to high school, college and beyond.”

“We appreciate the many opportunities that NatureBridge provides for students and youth to learn about Olympic National Park,” added Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

The Summer Field Research Course will take place July 14-26, 2013. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge at 206-382-6212 extension 13 or or register online at

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental field science education for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Through residential education programs, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. NatureBridge also offers professional development opportunities for teachers and family and youth programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  More information is available at


WSU offers 9th to 12 Grade Research Projects- Cash Prizes!

Here is a really cool opportunity for PNW 9th-12th graders to participate in team-based research for cash prizes. Yes, cash prizes for winners and their schools!

This year’s theme is energy sustainability. Please help spread the word to students, teachers, and anyone you think may be interested in helping to form a team in our area.

Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources. Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.

More info is at the website is
Especially look at the Topics and Challenges page.

You can get posters and flyers for distribution if you would like any to put up in your schools or community centers- contact


Clea Rome

WSU Clallam County Extension Director


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