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

  • Join the SWS Team for the Orca Recovery Month Eco-Challenge
  • Orca Inspired Art Contest for Island County residents of all ages 
  • 2020 Volunteer and Education (VET) Training: summer and fall topics, background reading, speaker pictures and biographies 

SWS Volunteer training class

Education & Outreach are central to our organization. We believe knowledge leads to action. Each year, we provide 100 hours of training to new volunteers to equip them to serve and lead projects, activities and committees. We educate nearly 700 people annually at Sound Waters University. Throughout the year we offer educational activities for the public ranging from children’s activities to evening programs for adults.


Invasive European Green Crab – Whidbey Island

 Citizen Science engages our trained members to support critical research in partnership with universities, government, scientists, and data managers across Puget Sound. As SWS volunteers we help to monitor flora and fauna on Island County beaches, observe Pigeon guillemot colonies, capture data on invasive European green crabs, collect data on marine debris and many more scientific endeavors.


Beach clean-up on Camano Island

Stewardship is the third prong of our program. Much of what we do can be considered stewardship, but we also want to feature other activities that take direct action like beach clean-ups, invasive plant removal, and fishing line collection.   





Sound Water Stewards of Island County is a non-profit supported by contributions from individuals, community businesses, community partnerships, and grants from the Lighthouse Environmental Programs.


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