Salish Sea Stewards
2020 Volunteer Training
Application Deadline March 1
Skagit MRC's Salish Sea Stewards volunteer training program offers approximately 40 hours of training to citizens who are interested in learning about the marine environment and the different volunteer opportunities to help make a difference in their community.
Learn from many local experts on a variety of topics impacting the Salish Sea. Classes are mostly lecture-style but will include some hands-on field training. The program helps match volunteers with projects of the Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and their partners and will continue to keep volunteers engaged and informed of special events and other opportunities.
Applications are now being accepted. The 2020 Salish Sea Stewards Volunteer Training program runs March 10 to May 12, 2020. Classes will be held Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
NW History Day Contest, Mar 7
March 7 is fast approaching and judges are needed for the 2020 Northwest Region History Day Contest at Anacortes Middle School. A number of Guemes Islanders have volunteered in the past.
Please consider joining other volunteers for this very heartening exposure to young people doing good things. You may also learn a little bit of history.
Contact Randy Schnabel
Coordinator, NW Region History Day
History Day is a nation-wide competition for public, private and homeschool students who compete at a regional level with winners progressing to a state then a national contest. The contest is a challenging and fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analytical, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12) students select a topic related to an annual theme. The 2020 NHD theme is Barriers In History. Students conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources and then distill their research and analysis into one of five presentations: a dramatic performance, a multimedia documentary, a museum exhibit, website, or historical research paper.
Eight regional contests are held around Washington State in February and March. The Northwest Region Contest serves Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Regional winners advance to the Washington History Day State Contest tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Central Washington University. Students who finish in first or second place at the State contest in each category qualify for the National Contest, held June 14-18 at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Judges are needed to read papers and evaluate websites in late February and early March. Judges work independently but confer briefly once as a team of three to assemble results. Papers will be sent to judges electronically as pdfs; websites will be sent as URLs. Judging begins after February 10 and completed evaluation forms are mailed in at least one week before March 7.
Judges are also needed to evaluate exhibits, documentaries and performances at Anacortes Middle School on Saturday, March 7. These judges also serve on teams of three. Most judges will serve only in the morning.
Have No Fear, Spring Is Almost Here!
- 2020 Snohomish Conservation District Plant Sale, Saturday, March 21 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Pre-sales are already closed but they will have many plants available on the day of the sale.
- 2020 Whatcom Conservation District Native Plant Sale & Expo, Saturday, March 28 at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. Pre-order by March 16 or come to the sale on the 28th.
- 2020 Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair is Saturday, May 9 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. Vegetable starts, ornamentals, annuals, and perennials will be for sale as well as native plants.
- For inspiration and a fun trip to Seattle, catch the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival February 26 to March 1 at the Washington State Convention Center.
Celebrating Güemes, Spain
Many of us fondly remember a special visit to Guemes Island in April 2018 from a very special group of travelers (https://myguemes.org/2018/05/03/a-very-guemes-adventure-4/).
In a recent note, Father Ernesto says, “It was an honor to visit the beautiful island of Guemes and share rich experiences with people of the island - a trip filled with unforgettable days that are remembered with great affection and gratitude.”
Father Ernesto also shared that his pilgrim’s shelter recently celebrated a significant milestone - hosting its 100,000th pilgrim! Read more
GICCA Stage Project Update
Work is progressing at the GICCA Stage Project, although safety concerns prohibit the crew from working in wet and slippery conditions.
Seeking 9th to 12th Grade Students
The Salish Sea School in Anacortes is an outdoor marine conservation school that helps create leaders in marine conservation by providing innovative college prep and purpose-driven leadership experience. In the summer of 2020, the School is launching its first marine conversation program, Guardians of the Sea, for rising 9th to 12th grade students. This program is a four day, daily boat-based program out of Skyline Marina. Sessions are available throughout the summer.
The Guardians of the Sea program equips students to become leaders to help restore the oceans through:
- increased ocean connection and knowledge through hands-on learning
- student involvement in citizen science projects for local scientists and organizations (microplastic sampling on the water, tufted puffin survey, forage fish survey and dissection, and more)
- creation of a take-home action plan to stay involved
- leadership development through recognizing innate gifts
- mindfulness practices for every day stress-reduction
There are a limited number of student scholarships available for any interested students to apply for a seat in the program! Scholarship applications are available here and must be submitted by April 1, 2020.
Contact Amy Eberling, Executive Director, 703-477-7432 for more information or go to thesalishseaschool.org.
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