In 2012, when a 10+ acre clear-cut took down the forest next to the playground, students at Mukilteo Elementary turned their disappointment into creating the MEco Outdoor Classroom, a 2-acre wildlife sanctuary where displaced wildlife could find habitat and where children could learn to become environmental citizens of the 21st century.
Where brambles and ivy once grew over every inch of the woods, there are native plantings and nature trails leading to a detention pond. Erosion control projects now cover the hillsides of left over fill dirt from recent construction. Nesting boxes house birds like black capped chickadees and flickers and conservation projects abound, giving students and organizations a chance to improve the ecosystem. There are even twelve rain barrels connected to the nearest building's roof to collect and redirect as irrigation for new plantings.