You bring gloves, boots, a water-bottle, and dress for the weather – We’ll bring tools and show you what to do!
- Saturday, 3/10 from 10am – noon
- Freeland Wetland Preserve: In Freeland on Newman Rd, 100 yards from Main Street. Past Petosa Rosa. You will see the sign!
- We’ll target invasive holly, tansy, and blackberries for removal; Build more foot bridges for any low, wet spots; Hope to install new rain barrels and gutters on the barn!
- Contact Amy to RSVP
- Tuesday, 3/20 from 10am – noon
- Frank D. Robinson Beach: 6020 Robinson Rd, Freeland, WA 98249
- We’ll plant new Shore Pines, and remove invasive Scotch Broom
- Contact Amy to RSVP
- Saturday, 4/7 from 10 am – 1 pm
- Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom, 7015 Maxwelton Road, Clinton. Park in the lot, or along Maxwelton Road
- ** Earth & Ocean Month “Take Action” Event ** Includes a guided tour and Outdoor Classroom Open House + Trail Maintenance Work Party to get the trails ready for our spring programs. Snacks will be provided!
- Contact Amy to RSVP
Please email amy.whidbeywatersheds@gmail.
Volunteers provide school aged children in our community memorable half-day nature experiences at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom.
Join the talented crew of Outdoor Classroom volunteer teachers and help make these rich experiences happen. Whidbey Watershed Stewards staff provide the lesson plans, training, and all the tools you need to be successful! No experience is necessary.
Two opportunities for Spring 2018 Volunteer Teacher Training are on:
- Thursday, April 12th from 9am – 2pm
- Tuesday, April 17th from 9am – 2pm
Lunch and good conversation provided!
The classroom is located at 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton.
This spring, students along with our volunteer teachers, will explore forest habitats and the creatures that live there through rotating stations that include art, games, science, and exploration!
Volunteers choose their teaching days and times. It is helpful to volunteer for one teaching day per week, or more if available. Our Spring 2018 season runs from April 24th – June 8th, Monday – Friday, between 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
To sign up or for more information, contact Education Director Lori O’Brien at email@example.com.
In October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom!
Twenty years ago, educators, parents, and local experts collaborated to realize the vision of the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom. What began as an idea to raise salmon in a classroom has grown to provide regular opportunities for hands on science and environmental education to K-8 students from Whidbey Island and beyond! The Classroom itself was dedicated in the Fall of 1997, and has become the vehicle to help educate more than 25,000 students since.
Event photos by photographer and volunteer, Gordon Marvin:
Whidbey Watershed Stewards has big plans to spruce up the Freeland Wetland Preserve, and we need your help!
We had a very successful work party on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Tasks for varying abilities included:
- Defining the trail through the cedars
- Building log benches
- Building small bridges over two drainages
- Cutting back vine blackberry and nettles
- Removing moss from the roof of the barn
- Tidying the barn patios
- Re-attaching and hanging new gutters for rain water collection
- Removing invasive Tansy
Here are some great photos of our work that day:
This year’s Salmon in the Classroom season began in January 2018 when Whidbey Watershed Stewards identified a group of 5th Grade Salmon Ambassadors to join us on a field trip to the Wallace River Hatchery to pick up 250 salmon eggs!
We divided the eggs between two aquatic tanks, one in the office at South Whidbey Middle School (Grades 5-8), and the other in the hallway at South Whidbey Elementary School (Grades K-4)! The 5th grade Salmon Ambassadors have been taught how to monitor and care for the juvenile salmon, tracking water temperature and other indicators of salmon development.
Here is a video of salmon eggs that have developed into alevin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfwxUUnA9zE
Here is a video of those same juvenile salmon, who have developed into fry:
Students from the 2017 fifth-grade class students released salmon fry into Maxwelton Creek on in April 24 as part of the Salmon in the Classroom project. The 2017 sponsor was Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club.
Click to view a fun video of the salmon fry release on the South Whidbey Schools Foundation page!
The Whidbey Watershed Stewards organization was honored to be highlighted by Thriving Communities in early 2016.
Please enjoy the wonderful video they created to tell our story. Share it far and wide, because as Thriving Communities says, “the ripples of energy and connection of hope and action throughout our bioregion and beyond has a catalytic effect.”