Overview of Programs

SOUND Program 3-5 day (boat-based)

This boat-based program provides 3-5 day expeditions of oceanographic research, and nautical science and seamanship aboard the 61-foot sailing research vessel, Carlyn. In this innovative “classroom” setting, students conduct marine science research under the careful guidance of the Salish crew.

SOUND Program 1-2 day (boat-based)

During day-sail expeditions students sail aboard the 61′ Research Vessel Carlyn and participate in hands on activities based on the Puget Sound ecosystem, water quality issues and nautical science. This program is available for up to 28 students.
The 2-day sail expedition includes an overnight experience camping in park facilities. Food and camping equipment (except a sleeping bag) is included.

SOUND Program 3-day for Individuals (boat-based)

This boat-based program provides 3-day expeditions of oceanographic research, and nautical science and seamanship aboard the 61-foot sailing research vessel, Carlyn. This variation of our SOUND program is offered each season as an opportunity for individual students to experience a Salish program. Students work together in a mixed-age, interdisciplinary “classroom” setting to conduct marine science research under the guidance of Salish crew and educators.

SOURCE Program (land-based) in the classroom

This is a land-based program designed to increase student knowledge and foster awareness of watershed and stormwater issues in the Puget Sound watershed. Salish staff visit school campuses and conduct lectures and activities inside the classroom and on school grounds that help students learn how what they do at home can ultimately affect the health of the Puget Sound ecosystem.


Often the students participating in our Source program develop an interest in improving and monitoring the health of their local watersheds. By adding this component, Salish Staff will consult with teachers to integrate a student-directed, stewardship project into the Source watershed program curriculum.

Day Camps

We offer unique day camp experiences where science enthusiasts explore our connections to the Puget Sound Watershed using scientific inquiry and hands-on activities.

Teacher Workshops

Our Teacher Professional Development Workshops are an introduction to the valuable asset of facilitating student-designed, field-based science research in your school.


The Salish Sea Student Science Symposium, hosted by Salish Sea Expeditions, brings together student scientists, professional scientists and science teachers to share, explore and discuss research on Puget Sound and its streams, tributaries and shorelines.


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  • What our #MarineExplorers look like when we spot #Orcas in the #SanJuanIslands 
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  • Marine Explorers are officially underway! We’ll be sailing and exploring the Sound all weekend. Stay tuned for more moments of our #studentscientists and #sailors as they engage in #handsonlearning and #science aboard the #goodshipCarlyn 
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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