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Use our interactive map to see citizen science projects in action across Island County

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Learn how we’re working for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment

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Sound Waters University 2022

Save the Date February 5, 2022!
A journey of discovery about our beautiful natural world and the Salish Sea. Find out more.

Become a Volunteer

We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2022. Watch the video to learn more about training to become a member.


A healthy marine environment as defined by diverse natural ecosystems and sustainable human communities.


Trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable marine environment through education, science, and stewardship.


The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. January 22, 2022
Consider this. The opossum (Didelphis virginiana) eats approximately 5,000 ticks a season, helping to save humans and their pets from Lyme
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Book Recommendation: Nature’s Best Hope January 22, 2022
Most of us in our quest to become more responsible actors in our environment have heard the call to “plant


Marine Weather Workshop in Port Townsend
January 22, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Landscaping for Wildlife
January 22, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Publication Date for SWS Newsletter
January 23, 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Getting to the Water’s Edge

A field guide to shoreline access and facilities, parks, marine life, stewardship, and natural history of Island County, Washington.

Washington State Lighthouse License Plate
Help Drive Support
for SWS

When you buy this license plate for $28, proceeds benefit SWS and other environmental programs in Island County.

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Sound Waters

Choose from a wide variety of informative classes, from climate change to birds, whales, coastal geology and so much more.

Our Work by the Numbers

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Active Volunteers

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Active Projects

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Species Monitored

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