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The Million Tree Challenge

posted Dec 31, 2014, 10:30 AM by CESC Management   [ updated Dec 31, 2014, 10:35 AM ]

CESC President Dr. David Bain is launching the Million Tree Challenge.  The challenge seeks to increase the food available to killer whales by matching whale watchers with restoration groups to plant a million trees.  Trees help increase salmon survival by making streams cooler and cleaner.  CESC has been teaching students about water quality since its founding, and expanded its programs to include restoration in 2013.

For anyone interested in planting trees at home, the Snohomish/Camano Education, Communication and Outreach Network (ECO Net) has prepared a tree guide.  The guide helps people select the right native tree to plant on small lots, as well as providing advice on how to plant and care for a tree.  Click on the link below to see it.


posted Dec 2, 2012, 3:12 PM by CESC Management

CESC will be working with Woodinville Montessori School, the City of Bothell, the King Conservation District, and local business to help restore Parr Creek.

Fall Field Trips Continue

posted Nov 6, 2011, 4:33 PM by CESC Management   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 7:07 PM ]

The Cascadia Environmental Science Center continues its popular stream observation field program with trips back to North Creek in Bothell. The program has been extended with inclusion of even more students from the Woodinville Montessori School. Adding to this year's learning opportunities was a visit to the North Creek wetland restoration site on the UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College campus.

More than 60 students from 1st through 6th grades participated over three days. Professor Warren Gold of UW Bothell began the program with a video presentation of the wetland restoration to all students at the Woodinville Montessori School facility on October 26th. This was followed by two trips to the wetland, November 2nd and 4th, by upper level students. Here, under the guidance of CESC members Dr. David Bain, Debby Nicely, Clyde Merriwether, and volunteer Carolyn Freese they actively participated in a series of environmental observations. After walking the stream they rotated through four stations where our members demonstrated stream chemistry, physical parameters, flow characteristics as well as discussions related to the salmon life cycle and other benthic lifeforms.  All activities were designed around student participation. This is consistent with the CESC mission to encourage learning through experiential observations.

Younger students, grades 1 through 3, were treated to their own stream visit closer to the WMS facilities. Beginning first with two days of classroom discussion the students were then escorted to the stream where they too, rotated through four science stations geared to their grade level. While this tributary does not have salmon, it is home to other wildlife from mallard ducks to stickleback fish. The large number of students has required scheduling two field trips, the second of which will take place this coming Tuesday.

The CESC field trip program continues to grow.  From its simple start last year it has evolved into a much broader program now involving the UW Bothell campus.  Supporter Dr. Warren Gold has been most helpful in contributing his knowledge of the restored wetland and has made it possible for CESC to incorporate this resource into its curriculum.  He will continue to provide support and will assist CESC in recruiting university students as volunteers. 

For more information on the UW Bothell wetland restoration project check out these websites:

If you would like to participate in future CESC activities either as a member or volunteer check out our Facebook page.  You can contact us directly from there.

Founding Member Resigns

posted Oct 22, 2011, 10:09 AM by CESC Management

We are sad to announce that our founding member, Dr. Hitoshi Maruyama, has resigned from the Board of Directors.  A recent injury continues to sap his strength and curtail his participation in activities. Hitoshi has promised to remain involved, but in a limited capacity. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Fall Bowling for Kids

posted Aug 14, 2011, 11:11 AM by CESC Management   [ updated Aug 14, 2011, 11:15 AM ]

Plans are currently coming together for a bowling event at Kenmore Lanes.  Tentatively scheduled for sometime this fall, the event will brings kids and parents together to sample upcoming CESC programs while having fun.  Stay tuned for more information

Earth Festival 2011

posted Apr 28, 2011, 9:00 AM by CESC Management

Come and help celebrate the local native tradition and the uniqueness and beauty of Nature highlighting the fragile and delicate condition of this biosphere we call Earth.

April 30 from 9am to 1pm at Bastyr University in Kenmore.  Visit our Facebook page for more information.

2nd Annual Summer BBQ & Fundraiser

posted Aug 13, 2010, 4:45 PM by CESC Management

Mark your calendar for August 22 and the 2nd Annual Summer BBQ.  Where?  Bastyr Univ. herb garden behind the main administrative building. Time?  3 - 6pm.  Free parking.

Bring your favorite dish for the potluck or enjoy a burger or hotdog courtesy of CESC. 

Participate in the Silent Auction and help our fund programs for 2010-2011.  Visit the herb garden.

Suggested donation $5, $15 families.

We thank our generous supporter, Bastyr University for the use of their garden.

DePape Associates Architecture Sponsors CESC

posted Jun 30, 2010, 3:23 PM by CESC Management   [ updated Aug 7, 2010, 7:25 PM ]

CESC is pleased to announce a new sponsor, DePape Associates Architecture, located in Lake Forest Park.  This local firm provides design and construction management services for residential, commercial and religious projects. We are grateful to Dennis DePape, AIA for his generous support by providing CESC with high quality meeting space.  Check out their website and some of the spectacular projects they've completed from Seattle to the Caribbean.

16840 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, WA 98155  

North Creek Watershed Conservation

posted Jun 11, 2010, 12:34 PM by CESC Management

Our own David Bain is interviewed on the North Creek Conservation blog about CESC and the value of science education.  Check it out here:

CESC Presentation to Bastyr Univ.

posted Jun 2, 2010, 11:45 AM by CESC Management   [ updated Jun 2, 2010, 11:47 AM ]

CESC Makes Presentation to Bastyr University Students & Staff

June 2 at noon in room 184

CESC is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing young minds through experiential learning in environmental science.  We plan to engage grade school students in environmental monitoring in Kenmore and Bothell with intentions to expand our work into nearby areas in coming years.  Our initial focus will be stream monitoring, where students will learn to document plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates, and measure the physical and chemical parameters of streams.  They will be trained to observe the world around them, formulate hypotheses, and test their hypotheses.  We hope that students and faculty at Bastyr University will join us in mentoring young students, and collaborating with us on research projects of mutual interest. plans, and a discussion of how personnel at Bastyr University can get involved in those activities. 

DR. DAVID BAIN is a member of the Cascadia Environmental Science Center's Board of Directors. He has worked in marine mammal research and rescue since 1977.   He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied killer whales at the north end of Vancouver Island.  His research has been diverse, involving both captive and wild marine mammals.  It has addressed behavior, communication, population dynamics, genetics, toxicology, social organization, physiology, ecology, health, and effects of human activities on marine mammals.  As a killer whale recovery planner, he became acutely aware of the importance of watershed protection and restoration. His work with CESC provides an opportunity to both develop the scientific talents of young people and produce information needed to ensure the health of the Puget Sound Basin for future generations.

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