Professional Development Opportunities

Native Plant Stewardship Course: Rivers, Forests, and Shorelines of Bellingham and Whatcom County; Sammamish too

Date: September 19, 2019 - October 24, 2019 evening classes
Organization: Washington Native Plant Society
Location: Bloedel Donovan Park; Bloedel Beach Pavilion, 1124 Electric Ave, Bellingham 98225
For Bellingham, register by: August 26th, 2019


Rivers, Forests, and Shorelines of Bellingham and Whatcom County


Participate in a course focused on stewardship and the native plant and wildlife habitats of Bellingham and the norther Puget Lowland

This no-cost program combines classroom learning with field trips to enrich understanding of the key roles that native plants play in our forests, rivers, and shorelines, and other vital habitat, and shows how to use this knowledge to help protect and restore these habitats.  

WHEN:  The six-week class will meet on Thursday evenings from September 19-October 24, 6:00pm-8:30pm., at the Bloedel Beach Pavilion at Bloedel Donovan Park, 1124 Electric Avenue in Bellingham.  We'll explore natural habitats and restoration sites on three Saturday Field trips, September 21, October 5, and October 19.  

WHAT:  The course provides 30 hours of learning including identification of important native and invasive plants, key wildlife-habitat relationships, restoration skills, and other topics.  Home study of selected readings and videos supports classroom topics.  In return, participants agree to provide 30 hours of service to local conservation and restoration projects within 18 months of completing the course.

The City of Bellingham and other local conservation organizations are partnering with the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) in offering this training and have habitat restoration projects that need stewards' help!

Anyone can apply!  Participants must be members of WNPS.  It's easy to join, online 

For more information or to request an application, contact Jim Evans, 206-678-8914 or .          

The Native Plant Stewardship program is a program offered around the state by the Washington Native Plant Society.  For more information about WNPS visit,  

 Science Action Clubs
The River Mile
Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA
Dates: August 19-20, 2019

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

IDAH20: Master Water Steward Training

August 21, 2019, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

A Joint Education Training Opportunity Presented by: University of Idaho, National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and The River Mile Network
Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High School, 505 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116

Certificate in Grantwriting Class

Date: September 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019 from 9am to 3pm each day.

Location: United Way of North Central Washington

Fees/Admission: $465

Event Description:

Are you ready to change the world? Do you have an idea about how to make your community a better place? Learn the art of grantwriting with Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes. Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes offers a two-day class followed by an individual assessment to earn a Certificate in Grantwriting. Walk step-by-step through writing every section of a winning grant proposal, with dedicated writing time in class. You will love the fast-paced curriculum and numerous hands-on activities designed for strategy. Learn how to research new prospects and build an annual grants calendar. Learn best practices for communicating with and reporting to grantmakers. Critically evaluate guidelines and requests for proposals (rfps). Tailor the grant proposal to a given grantmaker, review good writing skills, develop outcomes, and learn how grantmakers use evaluation rubrics to score proposals.

It's A Blast: Summer on the Mountain 

Dates: September 28, 2019 (11 AM to 6 PM) 

Location: Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, Toutle, WA

Volcano exploration and fun for everyone. All are welcome for guided hikes and strolls, science geo-caching, volcano arts and crafts, the explosive Trashcano and so much more. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

American Forest Kindergarten Association 2019 Conference

Location: Maple Valley, WA
The 2nd Annual American Forest Kindergarten Association Conference will be held August 9-11, 2019 at Nature Nuts Forest School in Maple Valley, WA. The keynote speaker will be Niki Buchan.

Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Coastal Sector

Organization: Restore America's Estuaries
Date: September 18, 2019
As part of Restore America's Estuaries ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are pleased to be hosting the Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Coastal Sector workshop in Washington, DC.

E3 Ellensburg 2019 Integrating Environment, Equity and Economy in Education

Organizations: E3 Washington & KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network)
Date: October 5-6
Location: Lazy F Ranch in Ellensburg, WA

Join us for the Washington Statewide Environment and Sustainability Education Conference. Call Presentation Proposals is out now due August 21th.

NSTA Area Conference

Seattle Dec 12–14, 2019

THEME: Fostering a Culture for Science

Go to our website for more detail on the strands

Sign up at with the links above.


Specific program/theme questions

From John McNamara, WSTA President Elect   
Bob Sotak, WSTA Past President,