Salish Sea Stewards

Skagit MRC initiated the Salish Sea Stewards volunteer training program in 2014.  This program offers approximately 40 hours of free citizen science training taught by local experts in nearshore ecology and conservation issues and engages the volunteers in actively contributing to the priority projects of the MRC and partners. To read testimonials about the Salish Sea Stewards training Click here

As part of the Salish Sea Stewards training, volunteers will have an opportunity to learn how to become beach naturualists to help educate families and the general public about marine life and how they can become better stewards of the marine environment.

The Skagit MRC's Salish Sea Stewards program is administered under the new Coastal Volunteer Partnership (CVP) at Padilla Bay. The CVP serves as an administrative umbrella to train and coordinate volunteers for several partners who have similar goals and needs for volunteers including: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Padilla Bay Foundation, the Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Friends of Skagit Beaches, and the Skagit County Clean Water Program.

Classes will be held every Tuesday from March 7 -May 9, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Padilla Bay Reserve, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon. Applications can be downloaded here.  Completed forms may be emailed to, or mailed hard-copy to:

Samantha Russell

Padilla Bay Foundation

10441 Bayview-Edison Road

Mount Vernon, WA  98273-9668


Stay tuned for the 2017 training curriculum and schedule. 

Topics will include: intertideal monitoring, kelp monitoring, forage fish surveys, coastal geological processes, public engangement, shellfish, water quality, and how you can make a difference as a volunteer!

For more information about the Salish Sea Stewards or the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay, contact: Samantha Russell, Volunteer Programs Coordinator at

If you are interested in receiving free information about upcoming volunteer opportunities, special events, training, workshops, etc., you can subscribe to THE WAVE, a bi-monthly electronic bulletin produced by the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay by clicking this link.



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