Summer Fun for Girls

As one of the premier providers of environmental education in the Palouse area of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) that I founded way back in 1986 is always looking for new and creative ways to get people of all ages out and exploring the natural world.

That’s why this year, PCEI is offering STREAM Team—a week-long summer experience for girls entering their 7th-10th grade years that focuses on the STREAM fields: Science, Technology, Restoration, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Coordinated and led by a team of female PCEI instructors, this program will feature outdoor application experiences with female community mentors who are professionals in the STREAM fields. They will share their journeys through STREAM—how they overcame the gender disparity in these fields, how their work helps the environment, and how we can do similar things with our lives.

When: Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The PCEI Nature Center, 1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow, Idaho (downtown pick-up and drop off available)

Cost: $50 (payment plans and scholarships are available; inquire at


Find more information and application forms at

  1. Amy Cloud Chambers says:

    This is awesome! One of our state parks, Bellevue, does some programs for kids in this arena. I take my granddaughter to one every week that’s for 3-5 year olds. Every week they focus on something different, and it’s a great introduction to nature and ecological concepts for the very little ones. But this STREAM program specifically for girls at that critical age is remarkable! They really need that encouragement to be themselves and pursue their own dreams and ideas.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What a great summer program for Tweens. It has been shown that getting girls and boys, for that matter, excited about STEM topics before high school encourages them to keep taking the necessary science and math courses needed to enter college engineering and environmental science degree tracks. I bet the teachers have a lot of exciting, fun, and interesting days planned for the students.

  3. Karlyne says:

    I must say that I especially like the “A” in STREAM. I think all too often art takes a back seat to those more lucrative careers in the STEM area. I really like this, MJ!

  4. Krista says:

    This sounds like so much fun for young girls. I love science, especially when it’s hands on. I hope many young ladies will sign up and find a love for these programs and experiences. Even the logo draws me in and encourages me to get outside!

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