RoryMartin is pleased to announce our support of nonprofit, IslandWood Outdoor Learning Center on Bainbridge Island, in it’s cause to inspire environmental and community stewardship. IslandWood’s methods use technology, scientific inquiry and the arts to inspire Puget Sound-area students and their families to connect with nature and the outdoors. There are a wide range of programs and community events offered for kids, their families, and individuals alike.
IslandWood came about when, in 1997, over 1000 acres of land were put up for sale on the south end of Bainbridge Island. Since studies done around that time showed that half of Puget Sound’s students did not receive any overnight, outdoor education programs, local residence Debbi and Paul Brainerd proposed the idea of a children’s outdoor education center, that would offer a School Overnight Program. IslandWood is a unique way to blend technology and nature, offering hands-on learning to Puget Sounders of all ages.
The School Overnight Programs have been a success, allowing 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to do things like listen for owls in the night, and study 150 year old trees from the top down. In addition, IslandWood partners with the University of Washington to provide Graduate Programs that work towards building a community of knowledgeable and committed educators through experiential and multicultural education.
To help IslandWood reach its of connecting families with the ecosystem they live in, RoryMartin.com has donated to this unique experience. ”We’re really excited to be able to help IslandWood continue their nature conservancy programs. We believe these programs will help families gain a better understanding of the natural beauty the Puget Sound has to offer and will help us become more conscious about saving our environment,” says owner, Rory Martin. To donate to the IslandWood programs, click here.