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Summer Camp Scholars to Work on Saving the Sound

When the Youth Education Committee awards Eastside Audubon’s annual camp scholarships for 2014, the winners will work toward saving Puget Sound in a summer science program created by two past EAS Environmentalists of the Year.

By Jill Keeney and Margaret Lie

The four scholarship students will attend the Ground to Sound STEM Challenge Camp sponsored by Friends of the Hidden River and the Russell Family Foundation this summer.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is a new focus at the state level all the way down to elementary schools.

Campers entering fifth, sixth, or seventh grades will conduct field studies to learn how to save Puget Sound. They will explore the woods, waters, and trails in the North 40 at the Brightwater Center near Woodinville while working with their teams to learn about the natural environment.

Stewards of the Sound

In addition, camp students will learn how systems can function together to help create a more sustainable world. The goal is to become Stewards of the Sound through positive action in our local communities.

John Schmied, a science teacher at Skyview Junior High in the Northshore School District, and Marie Hartford, a science teacher at Horace Mann Elementary in the Lake Washington School District, are the directors of this new camp.

John and Marie were our Eastside Audubon Environmentalists of the Year in 2007. They have recommended many excellent student candidates to our camp scholarship program over the years.

We are looking forward to hearing from our campers about this new experience at Brightwater Center.

Learn more about the Ground to Sound STEM Challenge Camp

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