We are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, community outreach, stewardship, and citizen science.


    We were founded in 1989 as Island County Beach Watchers - a program of Washington State University Extension. In January 2016, we became our own independent non-profit organization, led by a volunteer Board of Directors.

What We Do

see also: What You Can Do
A major focus of our program is the annual training program for new volunteers - 80 hours of expert training from top professionals, plus 20 hours of hands on training. Since 1990, we have trained over 600 volunteers.

Both new and old volunteers work on a variety of projects in keeping with our mission (some programs are entirely SWS-run, many are with aligned groups or researchers in the Puget Sound region)

The rest of this page provides an overview of our many activities - see the News page for newsletters describing current status on selected activities.

Citizen Science

Education & Outreach



The Sound Water Stewards organization is led by a 9 person volunteer Board of Directors, and supported by two part-time coordinators (one for Camano Island, and one for Whidbey Island)

There are volunteer teams to coordinate each of:

In addition, our volunteers serve on administrative teams for -many- other environmental organizations on Camano and Whidbey.

Last updated Nov 5 2016

Sound Water Stewards :: Camano & Whidbey Islands, WA :: info@soundwaterstewards.org

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