Salmon Swimming upstream

sound Waters University February 3, 2024

Sound Waters University

4 orcas swimming in a line
Photo by Jill Hein


Sound Waters University will be held Feb 1, 2025!

Are you curious about the health of our seas, the impact of climate change, whales, and salmon habitat, or the status of seastars?

Purchase the video package for: You, Me, and the Salish Sea: Responding to a Sea of Change.

Zoom Recordings

  • $50 | Zoom recordings only
*Available to watch until April 15, 2024 on the attendee access page.
Sunflower Seastar on Eel Grass
Photo by Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico

You, Me, and the Salish Sea: Responding to a Sea of Change

Hybrid Event

  • Up to 30 expert live classes were offered in person.
  • 3 classes to attend live or via Zoom.
  • Immersive field trips*

*Become a monthly supporter for future opportunities to get involved.

Immersive Field Trips

  • Old Growth Forests
  • Salmon Habitat Restoration: Cornet Bay & Leque Island
  • Winter Birding: Whidbey, Camano, & Fir Island
  • Geology of Bluffs & Beaches
salmon in stream

2024 Class Selection Live for Attendees

*Scroll down in your Eventbrite confirmation email for your password to the “Attendee Access” page to sign up for your classes.

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

Add on field trips during checkout:

There are no upcoming events.

Purchase Zoom Video Package for 30 days.

See menu above for links to Field Trips and Exhibit Hall

Add on a Field Trip during the checkout process at EventBrite

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.
  • 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.
  • Requests will be processed on a case-by-case basis
  • To request discounts and scholarships, email

CEU are available for both classes and field trips – scroll down

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

Thank you to our Past Sponsors/Grantors

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