Our Mission and History
Nature Vision fosters appreciation and stewardship of our environment by educating and connecting community to the world around us. We envision an inspired and connected culture where everyone makes choices for a sustainable future.
Nature Vision is an environmental education nonprofit organization that brings place based, experiential nature programming directly to schools and local greenspaces. We work to ensure that all students receive quality nature connections where they need them the most. Nature Vision serves over 65,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students each year in King and Snohomish Counties.
Our programming supports the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards and STEM Education and can be easily integrated into schools. Many of our lessons set conceptual foundations and repeat visits help connect one lesson with another.
Nature Vision facilitates student access to nature and scientific concepts, thus developing a deep-rooted student interest in making the natural world a necessary and integrated part of daily life.
Nature Vision was originally the King County Nature Connections program. In 2003 when budget cuts eliminated the county program, dedicated staff transformed the program into a non-profit organization (501c3).
Our Main Programs Include:
Nature in the Classroom: Nature Vision offers 1 hour inquiry-driven programs in classrooms or other indoor venues focusing on cycles, ecosystems, interdependence, biodiversity, and much more.
Habitat Connections: These 2 part programs are offered to students and community groups in the classroom and outdoors, and focus on habitat connections including: Steam, Wetland, Forest, Puget Sound, and Aquifers.
Watershed Programs: Nature Vision works in partnership with many local cities and water districts to bring water education programming to local schools within service areas. These programs allow students to make connections to local water bodies and ecosystems, understand pollution issues, and learn to protect and conserve water.
Blue Teams: K-12 Students become a “Blue Team,” with Nature Vision by completing a stewardship project in their community related to watershed health, such as invasive plant removal, native plant restoration, planting waterwise gardens, finding and fixing leaks, and much more.
Preschool Education: We operate the Vision Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park. We also offer specialty preschool programming year round.
Outdoor Discovery Days, Science Fairs, After School Programs: We offer specialty programs for schools and community groups who would like an outdoor day incorporating several integrated programs, or a specialist to present at their science fair.
Summer Camps and Programs: Nature Vision offers day camps in partnership with the City of Redmond at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park. We also have special programs available for day camps year round.