Kelsie Walker


How did you hear about Sound Water Stewards volunteer training?

I found Sound Water Stewards when searching for environmental education in Island County.

Please describe why you want to become a Sound Water Steward?

I learned about Sound Water Stewards the year I finished up my environmental science degree in 2019. It was an online program that I loved, but it did not provide hands-on experience. I desperately wanted to apply to become a Sound Water Steward because I felt it was the perfect opportunity for me to obtain hands-on experience and become an active participant in the community. The reality of not having childcare to make the commitment was devastating. I have patiently waited for the right time to apply, and this is the year!

I have lived here since 2017 and consider the island my home. I feel the call to be active in my community more than ever. There are so many aspects of our community I care for, but the environment has always remained top priority. I want to know I am doing my part to help our beautiful island, both in active participation and community education. Sound Water Stewards is an incredible asset that I would be thrilled to be part of!

Tell us a little about your experience in community science, stewardship, and/or education programs

My background knowledge and experience in community science, stewardship, and/or environmental education is based on participation in youth programs. From 2017-2020 I was a frequent visitor of Padilla. I actively participated in the youth programs with my children and although the programs were for 3-5 or 6+, I always walked away learning something new. Some classes included dissecting an octopus and observing phytoplankton /zooplankton under a microscope. I have attended programs with the Skagit Watershed Council and participated in tide-pooling at Rosario.

Please tell us a little about your work and volunteer experience, special skills, or other details you wish to share

I have been a stay-at-home mom for 13 years and the majority of my time is spent homeschooling my two kids, 9 and 13. Since living in Washington I have put in effort to connect to nature and I am a frequent hiker and beach-goer. Pre-covid I volunteered with NSEA in Bellingham, participating in a couple tree plantings. Although I have not volunteered with groups since Covid, when I take my kids to the beach or a trail we always bring a trash bag!

Educational background

I have a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and I am finishing my Master of Science in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology.


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