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Developing curiosity and confidence through student-led scientific research and adventure.

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Salish Sea Expeditions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide opportunities for students in grades 5-12 to design and conduct real scientific research on the waters of the Salish Sea and within their local watersheds. For over 16 years we have been working with teachers to align our programs with current educational standards and with teacher curriculum. We aim to create a generation of critical thinkers who will collaborate to solve society’s hardest problems.

Our Sound (boat-based) program includes multiple days of student-directed hypothesis development and research design, 3-5 days of oceanographic research aboard a 61-foot research sailing vessel, and instruction in both navigation and science curriculum. Our Source (land-based) program includes multiple research learning experiences at nearby watersheds, with a focus on storm water runoff that helps students understand connections between human activities, and environmental problems and their solutions.

Each year Salish hosts the Salish Sea Student Science Symposium, at which student-scientists (from Salish and other programs) come together at a public venue to communicate their local research, results, and ideas for the future to an audience of peers, teachers, elected officials, professionals, and interested citizens.  See our online collected works series Student Research of Puget Sound .

Why We Exist

We believe that today's youth are the future leaders who will develop policies, conduct research and make decisions impacting our world. To help them be engaged citizens of the future, our multi-day science education programs stimulate young minds, anchoring an understanding of science and critical thinking.  Over 11,000 middle and high school students, 1000 teachers and 100 schools have sailed the waters of Puget Sound as students of our innovative “science-under-sail” programs aboard the 61’ sailing research vessel Carlyn. Read More…


  • Registration is open for 2014/2015 academic school year. Register here for the SOUND or SOURCE program

  • Open Enrollment Program- October 18-22, aboard the 61' research sailing vessel Carlyn.  Register here

  • Save the Date -- Patrons of Discovery Breakfast, October 24th. Register now.

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