This year's GiveBIG campaign will go towards our student scholarships.
The Salish Sea School (Anacortes, WA) is on an endless pursuit to cultivate a community of student leaders in marine conservation through our shore- and boat-based experiential programs. We deeply believe in the power of experience to create an advocate, who in turn strives to maintain a healthy and sustainable future for the Salish Sea ecosystem.
A cornerstone of our mission is to provide programming to all students, especially under-resourced students. This year's GiveBIG campaign will go directly towards student scholarships.
Each program is built upon three pillars:
Adventure: hands-on, outdoor, placed-based education that spans the entire marine ecosystem from underwater drone explorations through listening to orca calls on a hydrophone, island hikes, and recognition of the stewardship of the Coast Salish tribes who have served as guardians of the Salish Sea for millennia.
Field Research: unique exposure to career exploration, research equipment and scientific inquiry, collection of valuable research data by students for partner scientists, such as a tufted puffin survey, orca behavior survey, and marine density survey.
Action: lessons on environmental advocacy, letter writing, engagement with elected officials, environmental service projects, and at-home actions such as ways to reduce stormwater contaminants, invasive plants.
Some of our programs include:
- Guardians of the Sea - Middle and High School
- Guardianes del Mar - Latino High School program
- Southern Resident Orca Superheroes - elementary summer program
- Puffin Protectors - elementary summer program
- Afterschool SEA Club - elementary fall, spring, and winter programs
- Family environmental service projects Student Leadership Team
- Student Training as Research Scientists (STaRS) research internshipBudding Birders Club
- School Programs to bring marine conservation kits into classrooms (when covid restrictions lift)Environmental Service Projects
- Communities for Southern Residents Virtual Conference, led by Student Leadership Team
The foundation of our curriculum is to teach students how to protect and restore the Salish Sea and its inhabitants, which extends our focus to the local watersheds and overall water quality of both freshwater and saltwater sources.
"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." -Baba Dioum, 1968