Support Salish: 2017 May Giving Days

Science station challenge

THANK YOU, thank you for making the Kitsap Great Give on May 2nd and Give BIG on May 10th a success!

By giving to Salish, you support boat-based learning adventures that engage middle and high school students in real-world science investigation, STEM exploration and maritime skills training. Your support helps our youth improve science comprehension, engage their curiosity about and connection to Puget Sound, and build confidence around learning and future career interest.


Tending the jib

Did you know that only 6 out of 100 9th graders nationwide go on to graduate with a college degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)?

Washington has one of the highest concentrations of STEM-related job opportunities in the country, and yet we lack the local talent pool to fill these jobs.

Salish Sea Expeditions is committed to turning the tide on our STEM literacy deficit and engage students in self-directed learning and research that is both exciting and meaningful. Kids learn best when they can tie their classroom studies to real-world experience, and studies show that students learn best when that learning is hands-on and experiential.

Salish programs give students in grades 5-12 the opportunity to explore Puget Sound while conducting original scientific research of their own design aboard the 61’ sailing research vessel Carlyn. Students are then invited to present their findings at the Salish Student Science Symposium to a gathering of marine scientists, engineers, and educators.


Investigating plankton under microscopes

It is our hope that every student in Washington has a chance to experience a Salish program by the time they graduate from high school.

In 2015 Salish acquired the Elettra III, a larger vessel that will grow our fleet of education vessels and be instrumental in a bold expansion of Salish programs with the goal of serving at least five times the number of students, many of whom live right here in Kitsap County.

Your contribution helps to make possible a unique and meaningful hands-on learning opportunity — one that will live in a student’s memory for a lifetime. Your gift has the power to inspire and inform career choices through real-world STEM and maritime learning.

Thank you for making a difference!


If you have any questions about making a donation to Salish Sea Expeditions, please contact Maria Drury, Development Officer, at 206.780.7848 ext. 4 or maria [at]