It all started with the designation of the Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary in the early 1980's. The City of Edmonds, in partnership with a group of concerned citizens and teachers, took on the task of educating the public about this fragile intertidal resource.
Since that time, thousands of children and adults have developed an awareness and enhanced their appreciation of the shoreline, and native plants and wildlife. By 1996 the program had expanded to include forest and watershed education in Yost Park, and two years later our name was changed from the Edmonds Beach Ranger Program, to Discovery Programs to reflect our more diverse goals.
The listing of some Puget Sound salmon species as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act in the year 2000 prompted the creation of our Sound Salmon Program. Our Nature Discovery in the Classroom series now includes Birds Are Awesome, Animal Senses, Animal Adaptations, Life Cycles, The Water Cycle, and Our Moon and Solar System, in addition to Sound Salmon. These programs, plus a wide variety of special events, camps for kids, roving interpretation and visitor station activities strive to serve the environmental education needs of the City of Edmonds, and surrounding communities.
The growing utility and importance of the World Wide Web in education and governmental services was behind the creation of the Discovery Programs website. In 2003 Edmonds Discovery Programs efforts in creating an informative and aesthetically pleasing website was recognized by the Washington Recreation and Parks Association. The website as it exists today is much larger and more diverse than it was in 2003 when the award was given.
In 2005, the Discovery Programs received the Environmental Education Association of Washington Organizational Excellence Award for "dedication and sincere devotion in preserving our environment."