21. How do I pay?
Contact the SWU team at Sound Water Stewards
Sound Waters 2018 PO Box 1620 Freeland, WA 98249
Sound Waters is a one day conference, or "university for all", held annually on the first Saturday in February. The first Sound Waters was in the early 1990's and was a small gathering. This is our 24th event, and we expect well over 600 people. The keynote begins the day, and is followed by three sessions featuring a choice of 60 classes, plus an exhibits hall that runs all day.
No prior knowledge is required - just an interest in learning about and taking care of this amazing place where we live.
Normal registration is $50.00
A reduced registration of $25.00 is availabe for
Coffee (donated by Useless Bay Coffee) and tea, and fruit are provided as part of your registration fee.
4H will provide yummy baked goods during morning and afternoon breaks (donations gratefully accepted)
An optional catered lunch (see menu) is available for an additional $14.00, and must be ordered when registering for classes.
You are, of course, welcome to bring your own brown-bag lunch. (But please help us by using reusable or compostable containers; and please pack out all your non-compostable garbage.)
See our Where to Stay page.
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.
From 1990 through 2015 we were a program under WSU Island County Extension, and were known as WSU Island County Beach Watchers. We have been our own independent non-profit organization since Jan 1, 2016.
The annual Sound Waters one-day university is our largest educational/outreach activity - from the late spring kickoff to the March post-mortem - the team puts in over 3000 hours of volunteer time.
If you find the course offerings at Sound Waters interesting, consider joining our organization - classes begin each spring - and more information will become available on our website in the new year.
When you register, please let us know if you have special needs - in particular ...
When we assign classes to rooms, we take this information into account.
If you have other questions, please contact us by phone or email (how to contact us)
We will be offering 50 scholarships for high school students and teachers - at each of these schools: South Whidbey HS, Coupeville HS, Oak Harbor HS, Skagit Valley CC. and Stanwood HS. Recipients get free registration.
Students may register for a reduced fee of $25.00
The registration form will ask you to identify your school, and we expect you to bring your student identification with you to Sound Waters University 2018.
We extend the same reduced fee to Americorps volunteers.
We are pleased to offer reduced price registration of $25.00 to active duty military and their spouses.
Please bring your identification on the day of the event.
Active teachers may register for a reduced fee of $25.00
The registration form will ask you to identify the school at which you are currently teaching, and we expect you to bring identification with you to Sound Waters 2018.
Clock hours are also available.
As a certified Washington State teacher, you may earn five (5) Continuing Education clock hours through Washington State University for attending Sound Waters University 2018 in its entirety, on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 8:30 AM- through 4:15 PM.
When registering for classes, indicate on the on-line registration form that you would like to receive CEU clock hours for attending Sound Waters University 2018.
The day of Sound Waters, you’ll need to bring: (1) your Washington Certificate NUMBER, and (2) a check for $10 payable to “WSU Clock Hours”.
Once you are at Sound Waters, you’ll find in your registration packet a WSU Certified in-service Registration form for Sound Waters and a WSU Evaluation form for Sound Waters.
During the day, while attending classes – please complete your WSU Certified in-service Registration form, complete the WSU Evaluation form, and attach your check for $10, payable to WSU Clock Hours.
At the end of the day, please give these completed forms, with check, to one of the volunteers at the registration desk.
Your Certified in-service Registration form will be authorized by WSU, used to record your hours through WSU and mailed back to you for your records.
- this class is new in SW.2018
- this is a returning class
- unmarked class
- you've marked it as a favorite class [-?-]
- presenter is new in SW.2018
- returning presenter
Yes. On most lines showing the title of a class, you will see a star image to the far left. If you see an empty star, click on it, and the class will now be in your 'favorites' or 'wishlist'.
All of the Sessions pages allow you to pick among viewing (1) all classes, (2) just those you've marked as favorites, or (3) those you have not marked.
You can remove a class from your wishlist by clicking on its gold star to turn it back to an unmarked (empty) star.
Your wishlist is stored as a cookie in your browser, so cannot be shared across browsers.
When registration opens, the registration form will highlight your starred classes and you can specify their ranking order.
Except for classes specifically desccribed as Intermediate, all classes are suitable for someone new to the topic.
Try the 'something old, something new' approach - classes marked with gray stars have been given at previous Sound Waters - classes marked with green triangles are new material, sometimes by returning presenters.
More than half of our classes are new this year (look for green triangle marker)
The Program Chair works hard to ensure that we have a mix of new and old topics - we hope you enjoy them.
Due to an overwhelming registration response this year, we reached the venue's capacity and have had to close registration a week earlier than planned (Jan 17th vs Jan 24th).
While registration is open you can:
We strongly prefer you register online. You can do so and still mail us a check for your payment.
For each class session (A, B, C) we ask that you ...
How do I do that ??
For each session (A, B, C) you will see a list of all of the classes in that session.
If you register online, you have the option to
If you mail in a paper application, you must pay by check, made out to Sound Water Stewards.
You may download a paper registration form from the Downloads link on the left side of this page. Print it, fill it out, and mail it along with your check to the address on the form.
Please include a note (or email us at email@example.com) with the following information:
We regret the inconvenience, but we are not able to test on every vintage of computer and browser.
Your registration information is still in our database.
Click on the Find My Reg.... link on the left side of this or any SW page and follow the instructions to retrieve your partially completed form.
The confirmation email is sent immediately, so should arrive in your inbox within a minute.
It is sent from firstname.lastname@example.org (via sendgrid.info)
Please ensure that your mail account spam filters do not reject such emails. If you have done this and still do not receive a confirmation, send us an email at email@example.com and someone will get back with you. Be sure to include your name and phone number.
We do not support changes to registration once you have paid (or committed to do so).
For special cases, you may contact us (email is preferable, but remember that we are all volunteers, so it may take a while to get back to you).
Please contact us immediately so that we can make your class slots available to other registrants.
To be eligible for a refund,
you MUST contact us
by Sunday, Jan 28, 6pm
We regret that we cannot give refunds for cancellations beyond that date.
Refunds will be made in mid February (when our volunteers have a chance to breathe again!)