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Salish Sea Expeditions to join Northwest Maritime Center

May 23, 2019

May 20, 2019 PORT TOWNSEND, WA— Following a board meeting on May 20th, Bainbridge Island based educational nonprofit Salish Sea Expeditions (SSE) and the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) have announced their intention to merge into a single organization. Barring any unanticipated issues, the merger will become effective July 1st.

The merger was born from two successful organizations looking to increase their impact and effectiveness. “At the heart of this was a desire to reduce overhead and improve program quality and sustainability,” said SSE Board president Trina Wellman. “We were in between executive directors—a natural time to reconsider how to best deliver our programs.” For 22 years, SSE has provided inquiry-based science/sailing programs to roughly 700 students a year onboard the 61’ sailing vessel, S/V Carlyn. “We approached the Maritime Center because of their complimentary educational goals and proven ability to innovate and execute.”

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Muir Steps Down as Salish Sea Expeditions Director

January 7, 2019

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January 8, 2019 — BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA — Salish Sea Expeditions announced today that Seth Muir, its Executive Director for the last seven years, will be leaving the organization effective January 16 to take the helm as Executive Director with Sail Sand Point.

The nonprofit’s Board has appointed Matt Eldridge as Interim Executive Director while it conducts a national search for a new Executive Director. Previously, Eldridge served on Salish Sea Expeditions’ Board and separately as its Interim Executive Director. He chaired the search committee that hired Muir in early 2012. Read more ›

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Salish Sea Expeditions’ Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

June 14, 2018

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Bainbridge Island, WA – Salish Sea Expeditions announces three new members joining its Board of Directors this spring. They are Alex Adams of the Port of Seattle, Grant Novak of Confluence Environmental Company, and Caitlin Olmsted of bgC3.

Salish Sea Expeditions is an experiential education organization that engages middle and high school students in hands-on marine research expeditions in Puget Sound. Its Board of Directors provides strategic leadership and financial oversight to sustain the organization’s core educational services, and to support a vision to increase service to a greater number of students from throughout the region, and to more students from low-income and underserved communities.

“We’re grateful for the enthusiasm, leadership and relevant expertise our new board members bring to Salish Sea Expeditions,” said Board President Katharine Wellman. “As a region that represents marine resources, innovation and science-based industry, we’re eager to work as an education organization committed to engaging our local youth in science-based inquiry and hands-on learning, and creating a pathway for future-ready employees and engaged citizens.” Read more ›

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Students Share Science Research at 10th Annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium

May 17, 2018

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Bainbridge Island, WA — On Wednesday, May 23, student scientists will present marine research on Puget Sound during the 10th annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium. This year the event will be held at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art from 5 to 7:30 pm, and will include Islandwood graduate students, Youth Maritime Collaborative, NOAA and Salish Sea Sciences.

“This is the chance for students to take the stage in the role of scientist and researcher, and will include students who have conducted marine research on one of our recent boat-based science learning programs, and students from regional partner organizations,” said Salish Sea Expeditions Education Director Stephanie Burns.  “This kind of capstone experience reinforces student ownership of science learning, and gives them the opportunity to practice invaluable presentation and communication skills.”

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Students Present Marine Science Research at Salish Sea Student Science Symposium

June 9, 2017

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Seattle, WA — On Monday, June 12, student scientists will present original marine research on Puget Sound during the ninth annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

“Every student should have the chance to feel what it’s like to discover something about our natural world,” said Salish Sea Expeditions Executive Director Seth Muir. “This event is the culmination of student-led exploration of Puget Sound, and showcases the science these students have used to answer real questions they have about our marine environment.” Read more ›

Expedition urges kids to learn about sea, science

Expedition urges kids to learn about sea, science

May 24, 2017

A group of 28 fifth- and sixth-graders from Mount Erie Elementary School, plus a few of their teachers, took their classroom to the water last week as part of a Salish Sea Expedition.

The young scientists were out on the water to study something of their own choosing. After a couple days in the classroom with the staff from the expedition group, the kids decided to study the relationship between copper in the water and the plankton living there. Read more ›

Bainbridge Island maritime nonprofit gets youth on the water

BI maritime nonprofit gets youth on the water

April 11, 2017

More than 100 high school students participated in a day of experiential learning at the Seattle Maritime Academy on Thursday, March 30 as Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit Salish Sea Expeditions, and others, were on hand to introduce them to maritime career opportunities, a key economic sector for our region and one currently threatened by an aging employee pool.

Salish Sea Expeditions educators led marine science lessons aboard one of the Maritime Academy vessels, and also a weather monitoring exercise on the pier. Read more ›

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Salish Sea Expeditions Partners with Seattle Maritime Academy for Maritime Career Day

March 31, 2017

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Seattle, WA. — More than 100 high school students participated in a day of experiential learning at Seattle Maritime Academy on Thursday, March 30. The event was sponsored by Seattle Maritime Academy and the Youth Maritime Collaborative (YMC). Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit Salish Sea Expeditions was among organizations on hand to introduce students to maritime career opportunities, which drive a key economic sector for our region. Read more ›

Seattle maritime industry looks to high schools for new work force

Seattle maritime industry looks to high schools for new work force

March 30, 2017

SEATTLE — High school students, across the area, got a first-hand look on Thursday at life in the maritime industry.

It was all part of an effort to address the need for young mariners as the industry faces an aging work force.

“It makes me want to jump on board to do things like this in life,” said Malcolm Dunston, who’s a junior at Rainier Beach High School.

Dunston joined more than 100 students at Seattle Maritime Academy on Thursday morning where they explored the maritime industry and future job opportunities through demonstrations and lectures. Read more ›

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Anacortes Sixth Graders Learn About Local Watersheds with Salish Sea Expeditions

November 11, 2016

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Anacortes, WA – Teams of sixth graders at Mount Erie Elementary are huddled around tables wearing safety glasses and gloves. One student holds up a container of stream water taken from Fidalgo Bay, while another carefully adds reagents that will show if the water sample contains trace pollutants. They’re wondering if the nitrate levels they found in a sample taken at Ace of Hearts Creek might show up “downstream” in the marine environment.

Anacortes schools recently concluded three weeks of hands-on “SOURCE” programs led by Salish Sea Expeditions, a regional leader in hands-on marine science and maritime education. The program served students in nine classes from Mount Erie, Island View and Fidalgo Elementary schools. Read more ›

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