Guardians of the Sea is a four day (9:30AM-3:30PM) daily boat and local island based educational adventure that spans the marine ecosystem. It is the perfect program to spark interest in marine ecosystems and understand how it is all connected, from water quality to whales.
Our curriculum is designed to introduce students to the local marine life in the Salish Sea. From eel grass, to forage fish, to seals, to seabirds, we believe experiential education initiates a desire to save our natural world.
Each day includes healthy snacks, local lunch, and a stop at an island for a hike or tidal pool exploration.
Experience incredible marine life
Marine species identification
Water and land-based research
Environmental service projects
Small group learning
Mindfulness in nature activities
Each day's lesson will focus on the specific topic listed below, however we never can predict what marine life each day will bring! The ultimate goal is to experience the animals' ecosystem and understand how students can become leaders in marine conservation - seeing whales is never guaranteed.
At the end of each program, students will get a black baseball cap with the yellow trident on it, symbolizing they have become a Guardian of the Sea.
Location, Date, & Cost
This program meets at Seafarers Memorial Park and launches from Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes WA.
4 days from 9:30AM-3:30PM + 2-hr extra introductory day on Monday
Cost: $1,100, scholarships available
Guardians of the Sea Jr. - for students 11-13 years old
Guardians of the Sea - for students 14-18 years old
Please note: weather conditions will dictate if/when we go out on the water. If conditions do not permit boat travel, we will be exploring all that Fidalgo has to offer or ferry to another island for new adventures.
Each day focuses on one of the topics listed below, however we never can predict what marine life each day will bring! Click on the round picture to learn more.
Each day also includes:
Stress-reduction practices (mindfulness activities) such as nature journaling, breath work, and increased awareness of surroundings will be implemented to help awaken the senses and enable one to be fully present in the moment.
Mindfulness practices have been show to improve breathing, lower heart rate, improve circulation, improve immune function, reduce physcial stress responses, improve sleep, and much more. Learn more here.
an unplugged experience
Guardians of the Sea provides important time away from the computer, TV, and cell phone enabling more time for learning, interacting, and 100% engagement.
"The urge to check Twitter or refresh Reddit becomes a nervous twitch that shatters uninterrupted time into shards too small to support the presence necessary for an intentional life.”
- Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism