Salmon Swimming upstream

sound Waters University February 1, 2025

Sound Waters University

4 orcas swimming in a line
Photo by Jill Hein


February 1, 2025!*

*Plus weekend field trip add-ons.

Did you miss Sound Waters University 2024: You, Me, and the Salish Sea: Responding to a Sea of Change? Purchase the event recordings below.

Sponsor Sound Waters University
Photo by Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico

Sound Waters University for ALL

Collegiate Classes, Networking, plus Immersive Field Trips to add-on

Now more than ever, learning about this beautiful place we call home is both an exciting educational opportunity and a chance to make a difference throughout the Salish Sea.

  • Live in-person presentations 45-60 minute sessions may be individual or a panel discussion with multiple speakers. 
  • Immersive field trips add-ons in and around Island County*
    • Winter Birding: Whidbey, Camano, & Fir Island
    • Geology of Bluffs & Beaches
    • Old Growth Forests
salmon in stream

2024 Presenters

Habitat Restoration Project Coordinator Snohomish Conservation District
Education Coordinator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Hydrogeologist for Island County Public Health
Orca Network’s Education Outreach Advocacy Coordinator
Rockfish Recovery Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries
Executive Director, Pacific Whale Watch Association
Author and Adventurer
Washington Regional Manager, Reef Check
Island County Commissioner for District 3
Citizen Science Program Manager, REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation)
Senior Research Scientist, UW Friday Harbor Labs
Northwest Straits Marine Projects Manager
Natural Resources Division Manager
Crabbing Expert
Snohomish County Beach Watchers Program Coordinator
Community Scientist Coordinator, WA DNR, Nearshore Monitoring
Lead Research Scientist for WA DNR
Senior Biologist-Marine Fish Science Unit WDFW
Author and Pigeon Guillemot surveyor
Forest Resource Planner
Marine Biologist
Geologist, Paleoclimatologist & President of Sound Water Stewards
Forage Fish Research and Management Lead, WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Interim Director WSU-Extension Islan County, Waste Wise Program Coordinator
Friends of Skagit Beaches & Storm Water Monitoring area project lead
Environmental Director of the Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection with the Swinomish Tribal Community
Climate Change Researcher with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s Department of Environmental Protection

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Discounts & Scholarships

Discounts & Scholarships Available

  • Students, Teachers, Active Military, Veterans, and AmeriCorps: 50% off your general admission. Include your photo ID, ID #, school, and/or place of work. CEU are available for both classes and field trips – scroll down
  • Full or partial scholarships are available to help offset the general admission ticket. We understand financial situations are different for everyone. Please reach out and let us know if you would like to attend.

Sound Waters University (SWU) is the largest educational activity and fundraiser presented by Sound Water Stewards (SWS) 501(c)(3) non-profit of Island County.

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Zoom Recordings – Virtual Attendance

Recording Policies

  • Must not be shared
  • Are available for 30 days.
  • Access to recordings only, no refunds available. 

Limited Scholarships Available

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