Educator Expeditions & Workshops

About the Workshops

Our Professional Development Workshops are a fantastic introduction to inquiry-based, authentic science, and the valuable asset of facilitating hands-on, student-designed, field-based science research in your school and broader communities.

Educator Expedition & Workshop: Science Inquiry Under Sail

Join Salish Sea Expeditions for a full-day of authentic, hands-on science inquiry and marine & maritime science content aboard the 61′ sailing vessel Carlyn. Educators from all arenas are invited to participate in educational science-under-sail exploration of the Puget Sound. Work with Salish staff to collect data using our oceanographic sampling equipment and learn to navigate the Carlyn. We will also discuss Inquiry-Based Learning techniques and field research methods that will help students investigate both marine and terrestrial environments.

Get hands-on with science equipment and learn about how professional scientists collect data while we answer the following questions around critical thinking, curiosity, and our confidence in collaboration:

  • Critical Thinking: What are the science-based components of the Puget Sound environment, how do they interact, and what are the current issues facing that ecosystem?
  • Curiosity: What are inquiry-based learning and strategies and how can they be used to illicit questions from learners regarding science and the natural world around them?
  • Confidence in Collaboration: How do we set the stage and build culture that cultivates community & collaboration?

Salish staff are trained in guiding powerful learning experiences. They will share their professional expertise as educators, scientists, and mariners. Together, we will explore the challenges and possibilities in facilitating effective science research and authentic learning experiences for students in the Puget Sound region. Educators interested in exploring this as an opportunity for your students will find these trainings particularly informative, providing insight into what students engage in and explore during our boat-based Expeditions.

Have boat, will travel! Do you want to host educators on a boat-based, scientific inquiry of the Puget Sound? Contact our Education Director at (206) 780-7848 or


FEES: $50/participant. Scholarships may be available. Contact our office for more information and to register by phone.

DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL LOCATION & TIME: Depending on the Educator Expedition & Workshop, most workshops run 9am-3pm, and we sail out of Seattle, Bainbridge Island, or Anacortes at various times of the year. Have boat, will travel!

Do you want to host educators on a boat-based, scientific inquiry of the Puget Sound? Contact our Education Director at (206) 780-7848 or

FORMS: **All participants must complete these forms prior to sailing**.  Links below will take you to an Assumption of Risk (or hold harmless) form for individuals or families; if possible, please print out and complete prior to arrival as that will speed up our departure. We also will have forms available at check in for those who are unable to print them in advance.

Medical Information/Hold Harmless Form (Click Here)

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:  **We will go rain or shine**  The marine environment is often cooler and wetter than land and NW weather reports are often wrong. In general, long pants, a warm fleece or sweater, a wind-breaker and sneakers or rubber boots are appropriate. Consider an extra jacket, warm hat, gloves, rain gear, etc too. Salish will have sets of rubber “foul weather gear” and boots available for all participants, if needed, but feel free to bring your own. And there is plenty of room below-decks if it gets really foul. PFDs (personal floatation devices/life jackets) are provided and required to be worn while on deck; if you prefer, you may bring your own. 

Please refer to information on What To Bring here.

REFRESHMENTS & LUNCH: We will have water available during the cruise. Please bring your own lunch, snacks, and water bottle.

PARKING: Check the website of the specific marina from where you will be departing and arriving.

MORE QUESTIONS? NEED TO CANCEL?: For questions and additional information, please contact Salish Sea Expeditions Education Director at or at 206.780.7848. These sails are frequently full, and sometimes wait-listed, so thanks for letting us know well in advance of any cancellations! Please Note: No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to sailing. If high winds result in trip cancellation, fees will be refunded.

If you need to reach us the day of the sail, please call (206) 715-0423. We look forward to seeing you aboard!

Program Details

Future dates coming soon!
Location: Sailing from Seattle or Anacortes
Cost: $50

Scholarships available. Contact our office for more information and to register by phone.

Registration Coming Soon!

July 3

Salish Sea Expeditions - Inquiry and Inspiration

Salish Sea Expeditions provides middle and high school students the opportunity to conduct scientific research, of their own design, aboard a 61' sailing research vessel. Watch the video.

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