There are numerous ways to get involved in helping to keep our area beautiful and thriving. We encourage you to find an organization that excites you. You’ll learn about our local ecosystem, how they support us, threats, and what you can do to help keep them healthy. After all ,we share our Marine Stewardship Area with a vast diversity of species, and we bear the responsibility for the health of their, and our, home place. Together we can make a difference!

Attend Our Meetings

The best way to get plugged in is to attend our Marine Resources Committee Meetings. They are open to the public and we’d love to have you! We have need of help on subcommittees, occasional volunteer opportunities and special projects. View our schedule.

Local Organizations

These local organizations also train and coordinate volunteers:

  • Beam Reach
    A marine based research effort that involves graduate students monitoring the effects of boat noise on Oracs, and collecting phytoplankton, among other projects
  • Center for Whale Research
    Conducts monitoring focused on Southern Resident Orcas
  • K-12 Outreach & Education
    A University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories Program that works through the schools
  • Friends of the San Juans
    Works with volunteers and interns around the county
  • Kwiaht
    Working with interns and volunteering community members of all ages on all islands
  • San Juan Nature Institute
    Works with school children throughout the Islands.
  • The Whale Museum
    Conducts monitoring focused on Southern Resident Orcas, as well as other marine mammals

The autumn 2010 issue of Stewardship Connections featured articles about most of these programs.

An amazing 'multiplier effect' is evident in these programs

  • Volunteers learn about the components of our shared ecosystems, both during training and while collecting data
  • They collect additional information in more locations than would otherwise be possible
  • They participate in the most effective types of outreach and education while sharing their stories with families, friends, neighbors, church groups, service organizations, and their community at large.

When we understand where we live – our home ‘place’ – we treat it with more respect. More and more people are embracing the importance of stewardship, and are doing what it takes to care for the ecosystems that support us. An important part of stewardship is to understand the impacts of our choices on ecosystem benefits, and then to make the changes that will improve the health of our backyards, beaches, shorelines, wetlands, fields and forests. This is ‘adaptive management’ in a nutshell. Community members taking part in monitoring their neighborhood ecosystems play a key role in adaptive management.

P = People
L = Learning
A = About their
C = Community’s
E = Ecosystem!