Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum Pilot; Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm

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The Salish Sea is the unified bi-national ecosystem that includes Washington State’s Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands as well as British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and the Strait of Georgia.

We have unique opportunities to educate students and our communities about the value of protecting shellfish, marine resources and water quality. Students are asked to take the Salish Sea Steward's Pledge to practice (and engage their families in practicing) watershed healthy habits.  Students are empowered to " make a difference" by taking action(s) that have a positive impact on their environment and their communities.

Shellfish fit into the context of environmental science, biology, paleontology, archaeology, geography, gardening and nutrition. Students are engaged and inspired by interacting with shellfish through hands-on activities, experiments, artwork and field experience. Sharing with others relates the global nature of shellfish and our connections to ocean life around the world. Awareness of issues such as ocean acidification prepares students for addressing environmental challenges into the future. We are fortunate to have Puget Sound and the Salish Sea as our home and laboratory.

Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009. 

For more information about the Salish Sea (Puget Sound, Georgia Straits) basin ecosystem visit

The curriculum includes:


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