Salish Sea Stewards Volunteer Training

Salish Sea Stewards is our annual citizen science based volunteer training program held in the spring.

The 2018 application will be released on December 1st, 2017, please email if you have questions regarding the Salish Sea Stewards volunteer training or if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

This annual ten-week long volunteer training program is offered by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee in conjunction with the Coastal Volunteer Patnership at Padilla Bay. The Salish Sea Stewards training course includes 40 hours of classroom style presentations, lectures, and hands on learning opportunities. Participants register for an additional 10 hours of field-based hands on training for various citizen science projects that pique their interests. Participants commit to volunteering 50 hours on local citizen science and environmental projects and outreach events in return.

2017 Course Schedule

Date: Tuesday’s, March 7th- May 9th, 2017
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Padilla Bay National Esutarine Research Reserve
Applications available at: and are due by February 28th, 2017.

Training Topics Included:
• What is the Salish Sea?
• Water quality (storm water, run off, and shellfish)
• Ocean Acidification and climate change
• Marine Species at Risk
• Citizen science projects in Skagit County
• And so much more!

The Salish Sea Stewards program is sponsored by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee and has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency via the Puget Sound Partnership and the Northwest Straits Commission under assistance agreement Grant SEANWS-2016-SkCoPW-00003 to Skagit County.