Overview of Programs

SOUND Program: Multi-Day Expedition (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-Day Expedition (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.

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.

Salish Sea Student Science Symposium

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.

Marine Explorers for Independent Students (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.

Educator Expeditions & Workshops

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

Summer/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.

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  • Parts of Carlyn and learning how to trim sails! #salishseaexpeditions #sailing #sanjuanislands #orcasisland
  • The sun came out today! We are here with the Island School (aka the Vaquitas) raising sail and learning how to use the Niskin Bottle. Here's to the good weather! #sailawayyeah #islandschool #salishseaexpeditions #STEMadventures #studentscience
  • Look at how our student-sailor-scientists observe phytoplankton. Kirsten taught them well. 😊 They're working together to assemble the niskin bottle and the plankton net! They are doing multiple trials to answer a research question they came up with themselves. They want to know if certain depths contain greater amounts of silica! {NB: they even helped crew with photo taking and ghostwriting Instagram posts!}
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  • It's challenge Day!! All student sailors are taking over! After a fun last night of games and "smorbs", we are letting our sailors apply all the skills they have learned over the previous two days! Watch as they work together to find their way home!
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