In 1991 teachers at South Whidbey Elementary School along with community volunteers were raising salmon in the school. They envisioned having a place to release the salmon fry into Maxwelton Creek, and through a lot of hard work, they secured funding from the Conservation Futures Fund to purchase 6 acres along Maxwelton Creek. With help from South Whidbey Rotary and many helping hands, the classroom was built. The facility is part of the South Whidbey School District, and is operated by the Whidbey Watershed Stewards.
Educational programs take place at the classroom in conjunction with the Whidbey Watershed Stewards. We operate our main programs in fall and spring, and host adult education programs, teacher in-service opportunities, and community-based events. If you have an event or class you’d like to host at the Outdoor Classroom, get in touch with us and let’s see what we can do together!
We are grateful to all those that have contributed to making the classroom a part of our community. On our walls are hand painted salmon tiles from many donors and contributors, come find your tile or take a look at the impressive array of families.