Research shows that inquiry based, experiential learning experiences are the best strategy to teach science and an understanding of the world around you. Evaluation data and anecdotal evidence demonstrate that our programs foster scientific literacy and understanding of science processes, advance critical thinking skills, and promote positive attitudes toward science and the environment.
This flexible, student-centered education strategy that promotes authentic questioning and critical thinking is the central foundation of our curriculum. Utilizing this method encourages students to engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and capitalizes on students’ individual strengths.
At Salish, we don’t just teach students about science – we provide an opportunity for students to become scientists, studying the marine environment in the same way a professional scientist might. Integrating the pre- and post- voyage curriculum in school with the experiential lessons aboard our floating classroom, the 61′ sailing research vessel Carlyn, and culminating with presentations at our student Symposium, we deliver the learning experiences of a lifetime.