Salish Sea Expeditions in the News

Raising the mainsail with Salish Sea Expeditions

Sailing the Salish: Lessons Learned on the High Seas

August 24, 2017

She is sixty-one feet bow to stern with a thirteen foot beam, the sleek, white yawl rig called Carlyn. Sails taut with Northwest breeze, she plies the waters of Puget Sound, also known as the Salish Sea, from Olympia  to the San Juan Islands. Salish Sea Expeditions calls the Carlyn their floating classroom, loading her with, among other tools, plankton nets, microscopes, colorimeters, Niskin bottles for taking water samples, and Secchi disks to measure water clarity, all to give kids in grades five through 12 the exciting, real-life experience of doing science. Read more ›

Two students from Mt. Si High School, Krystal Stewart and Dylan Glaser, gave a PowerPoint presentation of their research gathered on a Salish Sea Expedition at a symposium of science students in Seattle.

Salish Sea Expeditions’ floating classroom aims to take the scary out of science

August 24, 2017

Salish Sea Expeditions, a local nonprofit, tries to make learning science fun, rather than intimidating, by bringing fifth- through 12th-graders aboard its floating classroom — on its research vessel that sails the Puget Sound. Read more ›

Press Release

Students Present Marine Science Research at Salish Sea Student Science Symposium

June 9, 2017

For Immediate Release

Seattle, WA — On Monday, June 12, student scientists will present original marine research on Puget Sound during the ninth annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

“Every student should have the chance to feel what it’s like to discover something about our natural world,” said Salish Sea Expeditions Executive Director Seth Muir. “This event is the culmination of student-led exploration of Puget Sound, and showcases the science these students have used to answer real questions they have about our marine environment.” Read more ›

Expedition urges kids to learn about sea, science

Expedition urges kids to learn about sea, science

May 24, 2017

A group of 28 fifth- and sixth-graders from Mount Erie Elementary School, plus a few of their teachers, took their classroom to the water last week as part of a Salish Sea Expedition.

The young scientists were out on the water to study something of their own choosing. After a couple days in the classroom with the staff from the expedition group, the kids decided to study the relationship between copper in the water and the plankton living there. Read more ›

Bainbridge Island maritime nonprofit gets youth on the water

BI maritime nonprofit gets youth on the water

April 11, 2017

More than 100 high school students participated in a day of experiential learning at the Seattle Maritime Academy on Thursday, March 30 as Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit Salish Sea Expeditions, and others, were on hand to introduce them to maritime career opportunities, a key economic sector for our region and one currently threatened by an aging employee pool.

Salish Sea Expeditions educators led marine science lessons aboard one of the Maritime Academy vessels, and also a weather monitoring exercise on the pier. Read more ›

Salish Sea Expeditions Press Release

Salish Sea Expeditions Partners with Seattle Maritime Academy for Maritime Career Day

March 31, 2017

For Immediate Release

Seattle, WA. — More than 100 high school students participated in a day of experiential learning at Seattle Maritime Academy on Thursday, March 30. The event was sponsored by Seattle Maritime Academy and the Youth Maritime Collaborative (YMC). Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit Salish Sea Expeditions was among organizations on hand to introduce students to maritime career opportunities, which drive a key economic sector for our region. Read more ›

Seattle maritime industry looks to high schools for new work force

Seattle maritime industry looks to high schools for new work force

March 30, 2017

SEATTLE — High school students, across the area, got a first-hand look on Thursday at life in the maritime industry.

It was all part of an effort to address the need for young mariners as the industry faces an aging work force.

“It makes me want to jump on board to do things like this in life,” said Malcolm Dunston, who’s a junior at Rainier Beach High School.

Dunston joined more than 100 students at Seattle Maritime Academy on Thursday morning where they explored the maritime industry and future job opportunities through demonstrations and lectures. Read more ›

Press Release

Anacortes Sixth Graders Learn About Local Watersheds with Salish Sea Expeditions

November 11, 2016


Anacortes, WA – Teams of sixth graders at Mount Erie Elementary are huddled around tables wearing safety glasses and gloves. One student holds up a container of stream water taken from Fidalgo Bay, while another carefully adds reagents that will show if the water sample contains trace pollutants. They’re wondering if the nitrate levels they found in a sample taken at Ace of Hearts Creek might show up “downstream” in the marine environment.

Anacortes schools recently concluded three weeks of hands-on “SOURCE” programs led by Salish Sea Expeditions, a regional leader in hands-on marine science and maritime education. The program served students in nine classes from Mount Erie, Island View and Fidalgo Elementary schools. Read more ›

Carlyn and Kids with Salish Sea Expeditions

Salish Sea Expeditions: Aquatic adventures on the Puget Sound

October 16, 2016

On March 9-11, I joined a group of Rainier Beach students that went on the Salish Sea Expeditions Field Trip. The group experimented with water samples from the Puget Sound, learned how a sailing ship operated and cooked delicious food.

As we departed from the Elliott Bay Marina early Wednesday morning, the rain started to come down softly. Captain Ryan Downs and his crew taught us safety procedures and how the ship was run. The class sat quietly on the deck as the crew undocked us from the marina and then proceeded to bring the ship out of Elliott Bay. Read more ›

Dr. Amy Merten visits with children from the Alaskan village of Kivalina. She was in Alaska for an oil spill workshop in the village of Kotzebue. Amy serves as Chief of the Spatial Data Branch of the Assessment and Restoration Division in NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration.

A NOAA Scientist’s Message on World Ocean Day: Follow Your Interests on Whatever Path They Take You

June 8, 2012

Happy World Ocean Day, a global celebration honoring the ocean that gives us so much and links us across the globe. This year the theme is Youth: the Next Wave for Change.

The Ocean Project, which coordinates World Ocean Day, believes that we share the responsibility of ensuring our ocean is protected for future generations.

In that same vein, the scientists at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration strive to share their knowledge and experiences with young people to inspire them to careers in ocean science. Read more ›

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