Project Year: 2014 - Present
Skagit MRC's Salish Sea Stewards volunteer training program offers approximately 50 hours of free 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 our 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 naturalists to help educate families and the general public about marine life and how they can become better stewards of the marine environment.
Skagit MRC's Salish Sea Stewards program was previously administered under the umbrella of the Coastal Volunteer Partnership (CVP) at Padilla Bay until the CVP was dissolved in 2017. The CVP was a collaboration of several funding partners to help support a full-time Volunteer Program Coordinator. The funding partners of the CVP included the Padilla Bay Foundation, the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Skagit County Marine Resources Committee, Skagit County Clean Water Program and the Friends of Skagit Beaches.
Skagit MRC plans to hire a contractor to continue the Salish Sea Stewards training and volunteer coordination in 2018. We hope to have a contractor in place by January 2018. Training will likely start in March or April 2018. 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!
Stay tuned for the 2018 training curriculum and schedule. Applications will be accepted starting in January 2018.