The experiential science curriculum includes:

  • observations and IDs of different marine life and behaviors

  • hydrophone deployment (press play to the right!)

  • intro to local geologic history and oceanography

  • identification of marine flora/fauna

  • tidal knowledge

  • first nations influences

  • phyto/zooplankton netting

  • microscopic observations of collected samples

  • marine grass observations

  • forage fish observations

  • + much more!




Furthermore, hikes and lunch breaks on the shores of nearby islands and state parks cultivate a land-marine connection, including involvement in environmental service projects such as debris collection, contribution to a forage fish survey, removal of invasive plants, and/or native plant plantings and much more. 

Participants will also earn community service hours! 

Students participate as citizen scientists to collect data that supports ongoing monitoring of the ecosystem's health.

This exceptional segment provides unique and important exposure to scientific inquiry and experience with marine research equipment, both useful for college applications/scholarships. 


Participation will also provide exposure to survey methodologies, long term data sets, quantitative analysis, field research, and field journaling.

how our new customizable model works.


Choose a Day Program of interest.

You can attend as many of the same or different days as you'd like!  For instance, you can enroll for just one Seabird Program OR two Orca Programs + one Baleen Whale Program. It is all fully customizable!

Note: If you do attend two of the same Day Programs (i.e. two Orca Days), you can expect to review the same educational materials with the group, but no two days will ever be alike on the water! The ultimate goal is to experience and learn all about the animals' ecosystem and how we can help. Also, seeing whales is never guaranteed. 



Choose the appropriate age group.

10-12 years old, enroll for the "Jr" Day Program. 

13-17 years old, enroll for the "Sr" Day Program.

18+ programs TBA

If you don't see a Day Program that works with your summer schedule or desired age group, email to discuss flexible options. 


Enroll online or by mail for discounts (see below).

Each Day Program is $250. 

*Thanks to many local and state organizations, we have scholarships available* Please inquire -


Get excited for Summer!  


Each Day Program includes healthy snacks, lunch, and a stop at an island for a hike, bonfire, or tidal pool exploration. Students will also receive a beanie (to wear on the water) and program specific sticker patch. 


After completion of a Day Program, students will be able to identify an abundance of marine life, local islands and know how to be a better ocean steward! More information will be mailed to the participant after the full payment has been received.



Become a Guardian of the Sea Jr. or Guardian of the Sea Sr. after completing ALL four of the different Day Programs by the end of 2020.


Once an official Guardian, you will receive a Guardians of the Sea graduation certificate, special shirt, and be eligible to attend Guardians of the Sea - Advanced to continue work with local marine research projects. 

Discount Opportunities:

Guardians of the Sea Discount (Must Enroll by Mail to Receive Discount)

Book all four by April 1, 2020 - 20% off. 


Friends Discount (Must Enroll by Mail to Receive Discount)

Book one Day Program for yourself and up to four friends - 20% off per person. 

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the salish sea school   |   creating student leaders in marine conservation |   anacortes, wa


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