Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.
Friends of Skagit Beaches was founded to support marine stewardship volunteers working in Skagit County to protect our shorelines and coastal waters, which continues to be the key focus of our nonprofit work. We are a funding partner for the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay (CVP) helping support the Volunteer Coordinator position for the program. CVP volunteers support projects sponsored by our nonprofit, as well as an extensive list of other organizations who request volunteer help through the CVP program.
We are always looking for new volunteers to support Friends' community education and outreach projects including the Winter Lecture Series, Films with Friends fall environmental film series, Trail Tales shoreline interpretive program, Fidalgo Shoreline Academy "day of learning for everyone", and the National Estuaries Day celebration.
CVP volunteers are involved in a wide variety of activities including:
Project examples include activities such as:
- Forage fish spawning surveys
- Harbor porpoise sighting
- Organizing and supporting events
- Leading interpretive walks
- Intertidal monitoring on the beach
- Shoreline habitat restoration
- Water quality sampling
- Assisting with training and continuing education programs
- Volunteering at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
- Helping with Padilla Bay school programs
- Storm surge monitoring
- Beach seining and bird counts
- Website and social media updates
- . . . and many more!