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Check out our media gallery, get tools, resources, data and more

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

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


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.

Calling all passionate Island County environmental enthusiasts! Ready for an adventure? Join Sound Water Stewards as we roll out our 2024 member application! Applications are now OPEN until March 1st! SWS highly-regarded 100-hour year-long training program is required to become a member. The training program is only offered once each year.

Details on class dates, requirements, the application and process can all be found on our web page :

Watch the video below to see what Sound Water Stewards is all about. This could be YOU!

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Sound Waters University!

Ignite your curiosity as we connect land, sea, and community! Join us to make a positive ripple in the Salish Sea, at Sound Waters University!


Learn about converting your lawn into a meadow! February 26, 2024
FREE event! Must register at the link provided.
2024 V.E.T. Town Hall February 19, 2024
Want to learn more? Join our Virtual Town Hall where you can ask questions, hear past graduate testimonials, and get

Events Calendar

Whidbey Gardening Workshop
March 2, 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
Musselfest 2024
March 2, 10:00 am – March 3, 5:00 pm
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Camano Events Committee
March 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 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, $28 of your fee benefits SWS and other environmental programs in Island County.

Osmundia Seaweed
Seaweed, seagrasses, Invertebrates

Use the EZ-ID Guide to identify marine species – including sponges, anemones, crustaceans and nudibranchs.

Our Work by the Numbers

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Active Volunteers

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Active Projects

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Species Monitored

Thank you to our Sponsors/Grantors