Teacher resources

Out of an abundance of caution, and to help keep people safe during the coronavirus outbreak, our Padilla Bay office and interpretive center is closed to the public.

Whether online or in-person, we still have resources for you. During COVID-19, we can offer live and recorded online programs. We offer a variety of teacher workshops, and provide clock hour credit for many of our public programs. Sign up for our teacher email list to stay informed, or contact us for details and scheduling.

Here you can learn about workshops, download our estuary curriculum, and check out our favorite online resources.

School programs

Fall and winter 2020 – 2021, we would love to work with individual teachers to provide an online program for your class. Please see our contact information below. When students are back in the classroom, we will be ready to offer on-site programs for all grade levels. This includes programs for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and home school groups. Learn more about bringing your class to Padilla Bay.

Upcoming workshops

Teaching about Ocean Acidification and Climate Science for Middle and High School Teachers

We will offer this workshop several times during the 2020 – 2021 school year. If you'd like to hear about dates and registration details, sign up for our teacher email.

  • Interactive, online workshop during COVID-19 
  • Explore local environmental data and incorporate data into your classroom
  • Receive the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on Climate Change
  • Nine STEM Clock Hours
  • $100 stipend

 Questions? Please contact Education Coordinator Susan Wood at 360-428-1066.

Curriculum — The Estuary Guide

We offer teacher guides that can be downloaded for three grade levels: K – 3 (Level 1), 4 – 8 (Level 2), and high school (Level 3). They are intended to complement a visit to Padilla Bay but are also adaptable to other locations, especially the Pacific Northwest. You can download these guides here:

Great online resources for teaching about estuaries

Teacher clock hour credits

Padilla Bay Reserve is a Washington State Clock Hours provider. Our workshops and public programs lasting longer than three hours might qualify for clock hours. For more information, please call 360-428-1558.

Teacher email list

Join the teacher email list to be notified about teacher workshops and other events of interest to teachers. We typically offer two to three workshops a year on a variety of topics.