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Description: Perfect for students interested in diving deeper into marine research and conservation topics in the Salish Sea! 

STaRS (Student Training as Research Scientists) is a is a five day (10AM-3PM) daily boat adventure through the San Juan Islands.


Students conduct different field work throughout the week, comparing different regions in the Salish Sea. Some of the projects may include an intertidal survey, listening for orca acoustics, bull kelp survey, tufted puffin foraging survey, marine bird survey, forage fish survey, and more. 

This program will provide an excellent introduction to field research experiences, practice with the scientific method, engagement in data collection and analysis, and learning about the importance of observations. This program is also a great introduction to future career fields.

Each day includes healthy snacks and a local lunch and at the end of the program, students will receive an awesome STaRS T-shirt.

Student outcomes:

  1. Practice with the scientific method

  2. Obtain experience and exposure to field research tools and techniques

  3. Understand how science and research can influence policy and action steps for conservation​

  4. Exposure to field work


  1. Stimulate interest in a future career in the fields of marine science and conservation 

  2. Explore the field of science​

  3. Recruit and train the next generation of marine conservation scientists​ and ocean advocates

  4. Develop student comfort in a field research setting and provide resources that can ensure success in higher education

  5. Provide the opportunity for field research and data collection in marine science​


Qualifications to enroll:

  • Ability to stay focused and attentive while observing in the field for 2-4 hours 

  • An excitement for learning about local marine life

  • The ability to work well with others

  • Students should come with basic knowledge about the local marine life and ecosystem

  • This is a great opportunity for past Guardians of the Sea students or young science enthusiasts

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. 

Cost details: $1,599 per student

Target age group: 14-18 years old, five days from 10AM-3PM

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Cancellation policy: 
Cancellations 91+ days prior to session start date = Refundable less CC processing fees & $150 deposit
Cancellations between 61 and 90 days prior to session start date = Refundable less CC processing fees + 50% fee of tuition
Cancellations between 0 and 60 days prior to session start date = non-refundable, no exceptions
All cancellations must be submitted in writing and must be received in the above time frames

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