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.


Students conduct water testing as part of the Source program

This fall, Salish served nearly 600 students from schools including Willapa Valley, Bremerton, Rainier Scholars, TAF Academy and Soundview. A big shout out goes to all the teachers and schools that made hands-on science a priority in their busy fall schedules: thank you for your commitment to inquiry-based education!

While the Carlyn takes the winter off, we continue to run Source programs with regional schools, working with students and teachers to study local watershed dynamics, analyze water quality and discuss the implications on regional fresh water and marine ecosystems.

Schmitz Park Elementary students kick off our first Source program with a weeklong study in West Seattle. You can learn more about the Source program here.

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