Salish Sea Expeditions

We moored next to this group last night at James Island State Park in the San Juan Islands (above)…a truly awesome program.

Salish Sea Expeditions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide opportunities for students in grades 5-12 to design and conduct real scientific research on the waters of the Salish Sea and within their local watersheds. For the past 15 years we have been working with teachers to align our programs with current educational standards and with teacher curriculum. We aim to create a generation of critical thinkers who will collaborate to solve society’s hardest problems.

Our Sound (boat-based) program includes multiple days of student-directed hypothesis development and research design, 3-5 days of oceanographic research aboard a 61-foot research sailing vessel, and instruction in both navigation and science curriculum. Our Source (land-based) program includes multiple research learning experiences at nearby watersheds, with a focus on storm water runoff that helps students understand connections between human activities, and environmental problems and their solutions.

As a culminating event, each year Salish hosts the Salish Sea Student Science Symposium, at which student-scientists (from Salish and other programs) come together at a public venue to communicate their local research, results, and ideas for the future to an audience of peers, teachers, elected officials, professionals, and interested citizens.

See our online collected works series Student Research of Puget Sound of student authored papers featuring the results of research projects conducted aboard the SV Carlyn.

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