Grants Database

Grantee:
The Salish Sea School
Amount Awarded:
$40,000
Project Title:
Outdoor marine conservation programs
Fund:
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
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Issue:
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation
Region:
North Sound/Salish Sea
County/Counties:
Island County ; San Juan County ; Skagit County ; Snohomish County ; Whatcom County
Project Description:

Rose funding will help with expenses in support of our outdoor marine conservation education for K-12th graders. Each program focuses on local water quality and empowers students to play a larger role in helping the marine ecosystem. A cornerstone of our mission is to provide programming to all students, especially those under-resourced, and we rely on grant funding to offer student scholarships and tuition waivers. Funding would also increase student reach, provide more free programs to underserved communities, and allow us to begin partnering with local schools.

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.