CONNECT

  • transformative experience to ignite a vision of knowledge and action to save the oceans

 

  • deep and personal connection to oceans and the natural world in the extraordinary beauty of the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands

  • discussion and awareness of the current "state of affairs" of local waterways (rivers, Salish Sea) and ways for participants to take action 

  • leadership experience, discovery of innate qualities, and practical mindfulness tools for everyday life

  • opportunities for student-led research projects for deeper exposure and learning (201 or 301) as part of college prep and admissions

  • experience research methodologies, field research and journaling, professional protocols, and marine biology fundamentals (meets NGSS)

 

  • ongoing supportive community of like-minded friends

  • connection to mentors who can provide references for college admissions and guidance into the future

COLLECT

  • college prep marine biology fundamentals with a take home catalogue of learning, personal reflection, and field research methodologies

  • participation in on-going ocean health monitoring field survey, quantitative and qualitative research methodology, long-term data collection, experience with marine research tools

  • partnerships with local organizations and scientists for research projects: micro/meso/macro marine plastic sampling, endangered tufted puffin surveys, water quality tests, ocean acidification monitoring, harbor porpoise and pinniped survey, and more

  • immersion into marine ecology fundamentals to include ecosystem connections, hydrophone deployment, phytoplankton and zooplankton netting and microscopic observation, ID of marine flora (sea grasses) and fauna (seabirds, seals, sea lions, humpback, minke, orca, porpoise, and more!)

 

  • guardians service projects (earning 10 hrs. community service credit)

  • collaborative small-group learning (5:2 student to teacher ratio) with research equipment available for every student

 

PROTECT

  • creation of a personal take-home action plan to include personal commitments and ideas to bring back to the school and community

  • equip students to connect to local, regional and/or global ecosystem continued learning

  • encourage involvement in action networks to continue protecting the oceans

  • inspire to protect and commit to a healthy body and mind as part of ongoing community support

  • support student-led environmental campaigns