Help Us Grow Local Science Literacy This Spring

Students test water quality

April 24th is a wonderful opportunity for YOU to help us grow local science literacy by engaging students in field science research on the Salish Sea.

We’re excited to announce that your donation to Salish through the Kitsap Great Give giving portal will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 to have even greater impact engaging local students in hands-on science exploration of the Salish Sea.

Your donation during this special 24-hour online giving event will be DOUBLED, meaning twice as much science learning can happen thanks to your support!

A huge THANK YOU to donors Ray and Kristine Cramer of the Deupree Family Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Poulsbo, and Erin Purcell and Peter Zatloukal, for their generosity in making this matching opportunity possible.

Give Now, or Set a Reminder for April 24

In addition to the matching opportunity made possible by our generous donors, Kitsap Community Foundation sponsors and donors enable a community matching pool of “Bonus Bucks.” For every donation made during the Kitsap Great Give, Salish earns a share of these Bonus Bucks, and has the chance to earn additional prizes throughout the day.

Every gift counts!

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.

Now is a great time to join us in this mission! We’re working with a committed group of donors to secure matching funding to make your donations work harder for our local student scientists and explorers.


Visit the Kitsap Great Give FAQ web page here.

If you have any questions about making a donation to Salish Sea Expeditions, please contact our Development Director Page Pless, at 206.780.7848 ext. 4 or Page [at]

Thank You to 2018 Kitsap Great Give Sponsors