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Volunteer Teachers Needed at the Outdoor Classroom!

Share your love of the environment! Outdoor Classroom Volunteer Teachers Needed

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 Fall 2018 Volunteer Teacher Training are on:

  • Monday, September 10th – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 13th – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lunch and good conversation provided! 

At the training we will do the activities together, get a chance to explore the facility and have the chance to catch up and get to know each other. The training will start at  9:00 am  and wrap up by 2:00 pm with lunch provided. You will be given a packet of lessons to take with you. 
We will also dedicate the first few days of the season to observation days giving you the chance to see the lessons taught. Lori is working out the schedule with visiting classes and will get those dates to you as soon as they are set.

The classroom is located at 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton. 


The fall activities will focus on water and the ecosystem. There is a hands on water on earth lab down by the stream, an awareness sketch and story in the forest, a salmon survival game in the back and an ecosystem art activity in the building. 

As a volunteer you run a particular station and see different groups of students at your station. Students come in classes so one day you might work with first grades and another day 5th grades. You choose the lesson you would like to lead, the age group and the dates that work for you. It is helpful to volunteer for one teaching day per week, or more if available. 

The fall season will run from September 20th -November 9th, Monday-Friday from 9:30 am -1:15 pm. 

To sign up or for more information, contact Education Director Lori O’Brien at

Summer 2018 Stewardship Work Parties

Looking for a volunteer opportunity that will make a positive impact on your local watershed? Consider joining us for one of these upcoming work parties. 

You bring gloves, boots, a water-bottle, and dress for the weather – We’ll bring tools and show you what to do! 

Upcoming Stewardship Work Parties

Thursday, July 12th – Freeland Wetland Preserve
  • Thursday, 7/12 from 1pm – 3pm (note the later start time!)
  • Freeland Wetland PreserveIn Freeland on Newman Rd, 100 yards from Main Street. Next to Petosa Roasta BBQ. You will see the sign!
  • We’ll target invasive holly, tansy, and blackberries for removal, trail trimming and tree planting, and we’re also hoping to install new gutters on the barn!
  • Contact Amy to RSVP

Monday, July 16th – Miller Property

  • Monday, 7/16 from 1pm – 3pm (note the later start time!)
  • Miller Property: Park at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom and plan to walk 1/4 mile to the site. The Outdoor Classroom is at 7015 Maxwelton Road, Clinton. We will meet and walk as a group, so please let us know in advance if you plan to arrive after 10am. 
  • Our goal is to restore the vegetation to its most biologically stable state. We’ll remove blackberry and any other invasive plants we identify! 
  • Contact Amy to RSVP

Saturday, August 11th – Miller Property

  • Saturday, 8/11 from 10am – noon
  • Miller Property: Park at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom and plan to walk 1/4 mile to the site. The Outdoor Classroom is at 7015 Maxwelton Road, Clinton. We will meet and walk as a group, so please let us know in advance if you plan to arrive after 10am. 
  • Our goal is to restore the vegetation to its most biologically stable state. We’ll remove blackberry and any other invasive plants we identify! 
  • Contact Amy to RSVP

Friday, September 7th – Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom

  • Friday, 9/7 from 10am – noon
  • Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom: 7015 Maxwelton Road, Clinton.  
  • Help us prepare the trails and classroom for Fall season’s Outdoor Classroom lessons! We’ll be trimming the trails, planting trees, and sprucing up the Classroom!
  • Contact Amy to RSVP

Please email with questions, or to RSVP! 

Outdoor Classroom Turns 20!

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:

For more information, please see this recent article from the South Whidbey Record. And also this article from the South Whidbey Record

An Opportunity to Give

An Opportunity to Give
This spring you have TWO amazing opportunities to help the programs of your Whidbey Watershed Stewards’ to flourish- the WWS Spring Challenge 2016 and Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG! Your financial support blooms even bigger than the individual dollars you gift as there are matching donations provided by others within each giving opportunity!

WWS Spring Challenge 2016

A wonderful group of dedicated WWS supporters is offering this fundraising challenge… donate directly to Whidbey Watershed Stewards before June 1st and they will match your financial gift dollar-for-dollar up to a value of $3500.00!! Support raised through this challenge goes toward our General Education Fund.

WWS projects and programs benefitting from your Spring Challenge financial gift include:

— Maxwelton Valley Outdoor Classroom elementary education classes
— South Whidbey Elementary School Salmon in the Classroom
— Langley Middle School Ocean Acidification program
— Freeland Wetland Preserve Wetland Wednesdays
— Smith and Minor Island Aquatic Reserve Kelp Harvesting Project


Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG 2016

GiveBIG, the one-day online charitable giving event hosted annually by The Seattle Foundation encourages people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. GiveBIG is a day to support the people behind these organizations, those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of everyone in Greater Seattle with their champion-worthy work. To donate to Whidbey Watershed Stewards through the GiveBIG event visit WWW.SEATTLEFOUNDATION.ORG and search for Whidbey Watershed Stewards. All donations to WWS receive a portion of the Seattle Foundation’s “stretch pool” of matching funds. WWS uses the funds raised through GiveBIG to support our restoration and research work, which this year includes:

— Completing invasive plant removal at Robinson Beach in Freeland
— Replanting with native plants on all properties we steward
— Leading a kelp foraging research project in the Smith and Minor Island Aquatic Reserve


Letter from the President – March 2015

 Hello Supporters of Whidbey’s Watersheds,

Get your calendars ready…we have so many great events and opportunities on the horizon and we don’t want you missing out!

So much is going on around South Whidbey in April, with both the annual Welcome the Whales event and month-long Earth and Ocean Month programs.

  • April 18th– Welcome the Whales, Langley
    • WWS Bake Sale, Langley United Methodist Church from 11-3
    • Langley Middle School Ocean Acidification Project Presentation, XXXX from XX-XX
  • April 22nd (Earth Day!)- a WWS Earth and Ocean Month Event
    • Wetland Wednesday, Freeland Wetland Preserve from 12-3

What is a Wetland Wednesday? Through a generous gift from the Friends of Freeland we are now Stewards of the beautiful Freeland Wetland Preserve near the corner of Scott and Newman Roads. While the Preserve is open to the public year round, Wetland Wednesdays is our chance to get out on the land with you to explore, dream and learn together. We have a handful of experts joining us to share on a variety of topics, including wetland hydrology, native plants, and birding.

  • Save these additional dates for Wetland Wednesday’s:
  • May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, Aug. 19th, and Sept. 16th
  • Times, guest speakers and other information for our Wetland Wednesday’s available on our Facebook page and website at least a week before the event.

Salmon Enchanted Evening is coming up on July 25th…this dinner is a great chance to mix and mingle with fellow supporters of the Stewards. If you have not attended this annual fundraising event before and would like to receive an invitation, please e-mail

Other events on the drawing board include a celebration at Robinson Beach in Freeland later this spring and a family friendly fishin’ and picnicking party at Maxwelton Beach with our event partners, the South Whidbey Fishin’ Club, in August. As with the upcoming Wetland Wednesdays, we will post more about these parties on Facebook and our website as the details get sorted out. I’m sure you’ll read more about what we’ve got going on through future e-newsletters, too.

Thank you so very much for supporting Whidbey Watershed Stewards.

I look forward to seeing you at our events this year!

Sarah Boin, Board President

Recap: Freeland Wetland Preserve Opening Event

Event Update 6/23 What a wonderful event last Saturday! Friends of Freeland passed the torch and the new Freeland Wetland Preserve over to the Whidbey Watershed Stewards. We opened the Wetlands to the public and will begin developing public restoration and public outreach events that will highlight the environmental challenges and threats our wetlands face here on planet Earth. Would also like to report the Sun did appear to “stand still” in the sky for our event as we would expect for such a momentous occasion. Thanks to Friends of Freeland and the Rotary for all your support. Rick Freeland Wetland Preserve Sign Freeland Wetland Preserve 1 Freeland Wetland Preserve Opening Booth