Sound Water Stewards

A nonprofit organization

$4,180 raised by 38 donors

84% complete

$5,000 Goal


Sound Water Stewards are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable marine environment through education, science, and stewardship.

Who We Are

Sound Water Stewards 501 (c)(3) originally Beach Watchers, now has trained over 800 volunteers. We are a community of like-minded individuals who care deeply for our natural environment, enjoy learning together, and engaging socially with one another to celebrate what we have accomplished while continuing to aim to be better stewards.

We train community members to become volunteers with a locally renown annual program which includes:

  • 80 hours of expert training from top professionals
  • 20 hours of hands-on training, including expert guided field trips

What We Offer (Education)

  • Provide outreach and education with school groups and the community, including a safe seafood class called Digging for Dinner.
  • Interactive educational Coupeville Wharf display of local marine mammal skeletons including, Grey Whale (Rosie), Dall's porpoise, and Steller sea lion.
  • Sound Waters University 30th annual event,  You, Me, and the Salish Sea: Responding to a Sea of Change. Our largest educational event is open to allincluding, families, community members, beach enthusiasts,  and researches. We seek to bridge generations to encourage learning about our near shore environment.
  • 8,000+ Education volunteer hours reported for 2023

We Conduct Science

  • We are the 'boots on the ground' (and in the water and mud!) for many science projects - following exact protocols to guarantee the accuracy and value to scientists of collected data.
  • 10,000+ mussels were bagged by our Sound Water Steward volunteers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to support the Stormwater Action Monitoring program
  • 4,440+ volunteer hours reported for community science projects in 2023Copper Rock fish in the ocean

We Provide Stewardship 

  • We perform trail maintenance, beach cleanups, pull noxious weeds and plant native plants for habitat restoration, collect and recycle monofilament line at 14 fishing destinations, and clean 33 shoreline interpretive signs in Island County.
  • Initiated public outreach events with our partners to educate the public about Noxious Weeds and how to safely remove them.
  • 1,190+ Stewardship volunteer hours reported for 2023

Together we can work to protect the Salish Sea & all of its inhabitants through Education, Stewardship, and Community Science.  Are you with us?

 Text SaveTheSea to 844-844-6844.

Donate Today! 

Organization Data


Organization name

Sound Water Stewards

Tax id (EIN)





Seniors, Youth & Children, Asian & Pacific Islander, Indigenous & Native American


PO Box 1620
Freeland, WA 98249

Service areas

Island County, WA, US

Skagit County, WA, US

Snohomish County, WA, US

San Juan County, WA, US

Whatcom County, WA, US



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