Teacher resources

Out of an abundance of caution to help keep people safe during the coronavirus outbreak, Padilla Bay is offering remote educational activities and resources for children, families, and teachers through a weekly newsletter. If you are interested, please sign up to join our Kids Email List. 

Washington schools may be closed for the current school year, but when teachers and students can safely gather in groups again, should your plans include bringing pupils to Padilla Bay, or you're seeking to study estuaries, watersheds, coastal issues, or the Salish Sea, we have resources for you.

We want to help you teach about something we're passionate about, and to make sure your students get the most out of their future trip to our reserve.

Once it's safe to get up and running, we help educators by offering a variety of teacher workshops, and provide clock hour credit for many of our public programs. Our curriculum is free and can be downloaded. We can point you to our favorite online resources.

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

School programs

When schools come back into session again, we offer 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 workshop

Register here - June 24-26, 2020 - Teaching about Ocean Acidification and Climate Science for Middle and High School Teachers

  • Explore local environmental data and incorporate data into your classroom
  • Receive the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on Climate Change
  • 21 STEM Clock Hours
  • $100 stipend

Note: If COVID-19 restrictions still prevent in-person gatherings in late June, will adapt this into a live online training session. Questions? Please contact Education Coordinator Susan Wood. Her phone number is 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. Download 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.

Call to inquire at 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.