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Highlights from 2015

January 28, 2016

A new year is here and we’re eager to launch into spring programs, as well as some exciting projects that are starting to take shape for 2016 and beyond. As we look back at 2015, we’re grateful for your support. Here are some of the awesome things you made possible:

  • IMG_2779We served nearly 1,400 students, some coming from as far as Wyoming, Colorado and Alaska to experience student-led research on the Puget Sound, a marine ecosystem treasure in our own backyard.
  • We expanded our summer camp offerings on Bainbridge Island and Whidbey Island and explored local watersheds with almost 100 kids during these fun, week-long day programs.
  • More than 150 students participated in our annual Student Scientist Symposium, presenting data on a range of research projects, such as the occurrence of sea star wasting disease and shoreline distribution of red rock crabs. You can read student research findings on our website here. This year’s Student Science Science Symposium will take place on June 13. Read more ›

Thankful for You, Our Salish Community

November 25, 2015

Niskin Bottle

Students using a Niskin bottle to collect water samples.

As we head into the darkening days of winter, we bring with us many bright reminders of the impact you have had in connecting students from our region with meaningful, student-led learning on the Puget Sound.

The students that saw sea butterflies for the first time and wondered about the impact of ocean acidification; the time spent asking questions about water quality and its impact on local salmon; the classmates that shared responsibility of hoisting sails and plotting a course to the next sampling station – all of this is made possible with your support and for that we are deeply grateful. Read more ›

Four Ways to #GiveSTEM This Holiday

November 25, 2015

Knot practice

Tie a bow (line)

Looking for that perfect holiday gift? With these giving ideas, you make a difference in the life of a student who might not otherwise get a chance to participate in one of Salish’s transformative STEM education experiences:

  1. Give the gift of STEM and maritime learning by contributing to our year-end campaign, supporting scholarships and programs that serve students in our region, many of whom have never seen a starfish or sea anenome and have never set foot on a boat. Give today and make a difference in the life of a child by fostering their excitement about science, our marine environment and lifelong learning. Donate now. Read more ›

2015 Fall Wrap Up and Source Program Update

November 24, 2015

Challenge Day checklist

Challenge Day checklist

Our fall expeditions on the Carlyn wrapped up on October 30 this year, a late end to a season that started with the Seattle Schools strike. During the strike, Salish held daily “Strike Sail” programs to support Seattle families and teachers, while seizing an opportunity to teach kids in our area about the Puget Sound ecosystem.

As a result of the strike, our trip with Catharine Blaine got bumped to the end of October. However, even with the schedule shake up, the students had a blast and rose to the challenge of taking the Carlyn back to Anacortes under sail on their final day, deploying science equipment along the way. You can read highlights from the 2015 fall season in the Ship’s Log section of the website, where students share their experiences with Salish. Read more ›

Salish Sea Expeditions Awarded $27,500 at SVP Fast Pitch Finals

October 13, 2015

UPDATE: Salish Sea Expeditions was awarded $27,500, earning first place in the category of established nonprofit at the SVP FastPitch final showdown on October 27. Watch the video:

We are honored to be in the company of many amazing innovators and organizations striving to improve our community. You can read more about the event here. Thank you for your support, and for being a part of the Salish community! Read more ›

Beneath the Waves presentation

Beneath the Waves Film Festival Highlights Kids and Marine Science

September 23, 2015

Have you ever wondered how far a Giant Pacific Octopus travels? How oysters will be affected by ocean acidification? What about whether peppermint shrimp prefer socializing or being in ideal habitat? These are just some of the topics we explored during our Beneath the Waves film festival, held at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Friday, September 18.

Read more ›

Looking at plankton under the microscope

“Strike Sail” Day Camps: Helping Parents, Supporting Teachers During Seattle Strike

September 23, 2015

When Seattle Schools’ teachers voted to go on strike the first week of September, Salish staff decided to take a challenging situation for parents, teachers and students and turn it into an opportunity to get kids engaged in marine science and maritime education. We had the Carlyn and crew standing by to start scheduled programs, so the education team mobilized a day-sail camp. These “Strike Sail” day camps were launched on Wednesday, September 16 from 9 am to 3 pm as our way of giving a nod to our teacher friends on the picket lines, and to support Seattle parents, many of whom were juggling work commitments and kids with unexpectedly free weekdays. Read more ›

Students at the Symposium

Symposium 2015: More Students, More Fun!

September 23, 2015

The 7th Annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium saw record attendance this May with more than 120 student scientists presenting their research findings in the day-long event.

Presentations covered variety of research topics, including longevity studies on how crab and anemone populations have changed over time on Mukilteo beach; an environmental impact study for a boat marina; a comparison of plankton quantities found at different depths in the Puget Sound; and a water quality study in Redmond. Read more ›

Whidbey summer camp

Summer Camps in Session

July 28, 2015

Low tide beach exploration, plankton tows, a visit to Puget Sound Restoration Fund, water quality testing, salmon games, food webs, forest ecology hikes, boat adventures… and much more! These activities are all part of Salish Sea Expeditions’ summer camps this July and August.

The first week of camp took place on Bainbridge Island, where a group of 9 to 14 year olds learned about the interconnected systems that make up the marine environment, and how a healthy watershed plays a critical role. Read more ›

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