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 work with the Skagit Marine Resources Committee and support their Salish Sea Stewards volunteer training program. This stellar program not only educates volunteers about the complex issues that govern the healthy maintenance and monitoring of our local marine environment; the program also gives interested volunteers a hands on look at the citizen science projects that are continually being done along our shorelines.
There are a number of other volunteer opportunities that do not required participating in this training, such as working as a volunteer at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center or volunteering to support Friends' community education and outreach projects including the Winter Lecture Series, Trail Tales shoreline interpretive program, Fidalgo Shoreline Academy "day of learning for everyone", and the National Estuaries Day celebration.
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!