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Watershed Words

  • Breazeale Interpretive Center 10441 Bayview Edison Rd Mt Vernon, WA, 98273 United States (map)

Workshop Description
What can the Watershed Words workshop do for you?

Our day-long session will be jammed with tips for using writing and your own school campus as a context for learning. The curriculum integrates outdoor observation, investigation, and poetry writing with the core subjects English, science, social studies, and the arts.

Each workshop participant will receive a copy of the teaching guide for β€œRiver of Words - young poets and artists on the nature of things" which incorporates language skills, art, science, history, and culture into activities and exercises for kindergarten through high-school students (our workshop will focus on activities for 3rd through 8th grade).

Who Should Attend our Watershed Words Workshop?
All teachers are welcome, but our workshop is will be most helpful for educators who work with grades 3 through 8. The River Of Words Teaching Guide contains excellent ideas for those who teach in public and private schools, outdoor education centers, wildlife refuges, and non-formal settings.

Workshop Facilitators
Alex Alexander, Padilla Bay
Susan Wood, Padilla Bay
Chandler Colahan, Skagit Conservation Education Alliance
Suzi Wong Swint, Snohomish County Surface Water Management

Optional Extra Credit
6.5 clock-hours will be offered and thanks to the Padilla Bay Reserve they are FREE.

Optional Pre-Workshop Lodging at Padilla
Want to skip the drive Friday morning? Why not arrive the evening before, Thursday, June 25, and stay at the Padilla Bay Guesthouse.

The Guesthouse is just a short stroll from the workshop (see aerial photo of Padilla). 
1 room - 1 person = $40
1 room - 2 people = $60 ($30/person)
1 room - 3 people = $81 (1 person gets an upper bunk bed; $27/person)
1 room - 4 people = $100 (2 people get an upper bunk bed; $25/person)

To reserve a bunk bed or room, contact Alex at or (360) 428-1070.

Frequently asked questions about staying at the Padilla Guesthouse
Q: Who can stay at the Guesthouse?
A: Only workshop participants can stay in the Guesthouse.

Q: How many people can share a room? 
A: Each room has 2 bunk beds (sleeps 4 total).

Q: I'm willing to share a room but I don't know anyone who is going. can you pair me with someone? 
A: Yes, Alex can pair you with someone else who is attending the workshop.

Sponsored By 
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Skagit Conservation Education Alliance and
Snohomish County Surface Water Management

Earlier Event: June 24
June Board Meeting
Later Event: June 27
Great Gardens Booth