Science for stewardship of the San Juan Islands, including biodiversity inventories, monitoring, ecological research, and experimental habitat restoration; community-science programs that engage islanders in useful local research and monitoring ecosystem health; and STEM enrichment in island schools involving hands-on laboratory and field experiences.
Director: Russel Barsh
Physical Address: Lopez Plaza Suite #9, 211 Lopez Road, Lopez Island, WA, 98261
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 415, Lopez Island, WA, 98261
Target audience: All of the San Juan archipelago; residents including children in K-12 programs; and visitors to public lands.
Description of Services to Adults: Technical assistance available to islanders in building, landscaping, and managing homes and gardens with respect for local wildlife and native plants including bats, bees, birds, butterflies, and wildflowers.
Description of Services to Youth: Educational opportunities in classrooms, after school hours, and summers in biochemistry, genetics, marine and terrestrial zoology, botany, both in the field and at our laboratory and research garden, through class projects, mentoring science fair projects, senior projects, community service hours, and paid apprenticeships.
Volunteer Opportunities: More than a hundred adult volunteers in seven community programs on six islands collect field data for Kwiaht and engage visitors to public lands. With a volunteer base that large, there is always room for training more islanders as field observers and site stewards!
Charitable Donations accepted: Kwiaht is 85% locally funded by family foundations and individuals. There is a donation button on our website.