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K-12 Educator Residency

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K-12 Educator Residency

This two week residency is designed for certified K-12 educators to spend August 7-21, 2018, on Cascade Head to develop environmental curricula with a hands-on, creative element. Educators in any discipline, and working for school districts with high underserved or at-risk populations, that seek an opportunity to develop and share lessons in ecology or environmental stewardship are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline:
May 18, 2019

Residency Dates: January 18, 2021- April 28, 2021
Residency Provides:

  • An opportunity to live for 2 weeks, free of charge in a family friendly 2 bedroom house on Cascade Head and at the mouth of the Salmon River
  • Includes $1000 educator stipend, $150 travel reimbursement and $250 materials stipend 
  • Opportunity to participate in a Sitka workshop and 1:1 consultation with a Sitka artist to help with the development of creative hands-on environmental activities 
  • Access to Cascade Head Scenic Research area including the Salmon River estuary, Cascade Head Nature Conservancy trail and 80 private acres of forest on Grass Mountain
  • Use of Sitka's kayaks and canoe to explore the Salmon River estuary
  • Access to local Forest Service experts and scientists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Visitors Center 
  • Pass to the Oregon Coast Aquarium


The K-12 Educator Residency provides the opportunity for a certified K-12 educator of any discipline to spend 2 weeks, free of charge, on Sitka's Grass Mountain property surrounded by 80 acres of forest and views of the ocean. The location of Grass Mountain on Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and the Salmon River estuary provides the perfect canvas for educators to dive in and develop critical environmental lessons.

The property includes a 2 bedroom family friendly home, writing studio with ocean view, garage art studio, shed and numerous trails to investigate and explore. The Elk herd may even pop by for a visit!

This opportunity is designed to give an educator time and space to develop environmental lessons with the intention of sharing it with a wider audience. The review committee is looking for proposals from applicants that plan to share the curriculum they develop through a variety of professional development opportunities including an educator workshop at Sitka and at the Oregon Coast Learning Symposium fall conference.  

Applicants whose lessons can be adapted to a variety of ages, developmental and language abilities and who are willing to develop creative ways to share it within their school district and beyond will be prioritized. We will require that the resident develops a minimum of 2 lessons that highlight the importance of environmental stewardship through learning about watersheds, restoration, salmon behavior, food webs, animal adaptation, native plants or wildlife, and include a hands-on creative component.

Access to Sitka’s kayaks and canoe, as well as local experts from the US Forest Service, Salmon Drift Watershed Council, Oregon Coast Aquarium specialist and scientists at Hatfield Marine Science Center, will provide educators with resources to develop lessons in critical environmental topics.

Sitka believes in the power of creativity as a conduit for learning. The resident will also have an opportunity to take a creative or natural science workshop at Sitka as well as participate in 1:1 instruction from a Sitka art instructor in developing hands-on creative elements to their environmental lessons.


We are seeking applications from K-12 certified educators in any discipline to apply for this 2 week residency. Applicants whose curriculum proposals address the suggested topics, are adaptable to a wide audience and who are willing to share the lessons they create with a wide audience, will be given priority consideration. Applicants will also be asked to upload 2-4 sample lesson plans.


Please apply using our online application process. The deadline is May 21, 2018 for the August 7-21 residency. Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2018 of their status.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at 541.994.5485 or email.

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