Highlights from 2015
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:
- We 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.
- Salish earned first place in the nonprofit category at the Socal Venture Partners FastPitch competition, an event that showcases innovative nonprofit and for-profit organizations that are solving today’s critical social problems and making a positive impact in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Salish was recognized for its compelling vision to reach every student in Washington with quality STEM and maritime learning experiences on Puget Sound.
- Salish Sea Expeditions acquired an 82-foot research vessel, with the goal of reaching seven times the number of students with Salish programs that get kids excited about STEM through student-led research and maritime education. Watch the video from SVP FastPitch to learn more about how this vessel can transform student access to the Puget Sound. Stay tuned for updates about this inspirational endeavor!
You support in 2015 made it possible to reach even more kids with unique, hands-on programs that get kids excited about STEM and maritime learning. Thanks for being a part of our Salish community and spreading the word about Salish as the Puget Sound resource for hands-on, boat-based marine science education and maritime learning.