Patrons of Discovery Breakfast 2018

Student scientists with data from their research project on the Salish Sea

We are enormously grateful for your support at our 10th annual breakfast! With your help we raised more than $55,000 in support of hands-on science exploration of the Salish Sea. Thank you!

View photos from the event here.

Were you unable to attend, but still wish to support science exploration, ownership and inspiration among our region’s youth? Donate now.

Testing the Waters: Investing in Access

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Doors Open: 7 AM
Program and Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 AM
Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle)

Salish Sea Expeditions welcomes Lauren Kickham as our keynote speaker. Ms. Kickham serves as Director of Impact for Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, managing philanthropic initiatives that include Ocean Health, Conservation and Climate Change. You can read more about her work here.

Ms. Kickham will be joined by former KING5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner, and a guest panel which will include Dr. Charles Eriksen, Professor, University of Washington School of Oceanography, among others. Dr. Eriksen is a physical oceanographer who delights in observing and trying to understand the deep ocean using long range underwater autonomous Seagliders developed by his research group. Their discussion will focus on exploration, problem-solving, and innovation in the marine environment. Check out this wonderful video showcasing Dr. Eriksen’s work.

Our emcee this year will be Captain of the 2018 Race to Alaska’s winning team, Sail Like a Girl, Jeanne Goussev (click here for her bio and an article about Sail Like a Girl). Ms. Goussev is Managing Director of Fiduciary Services for Laird Norton Wealth Management and mother of a Salish alum.

Whitefish High School students deploy a plankton net

What’s on deck: Over breakfast we’ll learn about new technologies that are being used in marine exploration and what kinds of skills are critical for this next generation of doers and thinkers.

Attendees will also hear about the recent work done by Salish educators to ignite a passion for exploration and inquiry in middle and high school students from our region and beyond.

This free event is a great opportunity to learn more about Salish Sea Expeditions’ mission to connect students with the Salish Sea, inspiring curiosity, critical thinking and confidence. Attendees will be invited to make a contribution in support of “hands on deck, hands-on learning.”

Online registration is now closed. To register for one of the last remaining spaces, please call us at 206-780-7848.

Questions? Please email

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  • These smiling faces helped us welcome fall ~ Such a great time out on the #salishsea with the Holy Family School this past week! Students had the chance to conduct research from the #goodshipcarlyn, learn how to use navigational charts and take the helm! #handsonlearning #studentscientists