7:00 PM on Wednesdays. Suggested $10 donation per person.
March 6th: First Inhabitants of the Salish Sea – Adam Lorio
March 13th: Climate Change: Impacts on Plankton – Dr. Ambrust
March 20th: Family Night: Nature Journals – Susan Zwinger
March 27th: Plastics: Problems and Solutions – Heather Trim
April 3rd: Storm Water: Challenges and Solutions – Matt Zupich
April 10th: Communicating Science Through Art – Carla Stehr
Ongoing Front Room Art Show: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, March 1 – April 26
At the Bayview Cash Store, Front Room Gallery (Upstairs): 5603 Bayview Road, Langley
For more information www.soundwaterstewards.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brought to you by Sound Water Stewards, Goosefoot, and Whidbey Watershed Stewards.
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 2019 Volunteer Teacher Training are on:
Lunch and good conversation provided!
The classroom is located at 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton.
The spring activities will focus on birds and the ecosystem. Lesson details will be shared at the trainings.
As a volunteer you run a particular lesson/station and see four 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 spring season will run from April 23rd – June 7th, Tuesday-Friday, from approximately 9:30 am -1:15 pm each day.
To sign up or for more information, contact Outdoor Classroom Coordinator Amy McInerney at email@example.com
Coming Up: Saturday, April 27, 2019 is an official Earth & Ocean Month work party event at the Freeland Wetland Preserve, from 10am – 12pm. (The event was previously scheduled to be at Robinson Beach but has been moved due to greater need at the Freeland Wetland Preserve.) Come help us plant and water native trees and shrubs, mulch, eliminate nettles, and maintain the trails – then, enjoy a hike around the wetland loop trail!
The Freeland Wetland Preserve is located on Newman Road just past Petosa Corner. You’ll see the sign and parking lot! You bring gloves, boots, a water-bottle, and dress for the weather – We’ll bring tools and show you what to do.
Please email amy.whidbeywatersheds@gmail.
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:
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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