The Padilla Bay Foundation board has been working diligently to enhance the wonderful programs at the Reserve. Your attendance at our events and classes, and your continued support through Foundation membership have made this work rewarding!
Remember the Touch Pool project that many of you have contributed to and excitedly anticipated? If all goes according to plan, and you visit the Reserve’s Interpretive Center in early fall you will be able to experience the Touch Pool firsthand! Over the past four years your generous contributions have raised over $127,000 for the new exhibit, and a federal grant will cover the expansion of the existing building to start in May. Lots to look forward to!
This year’s “Taste of Padilla Bay with a Hawaiian Flair” was a huge success, in spite of the thunderstorms that added extra excitement before the event got started on the August evening! Fabulous food, a huge assortment of wonderful auction items, and your generous donations helped raise $24,650 for the Reserve’s Education Program.
Two new microscopes were purchased for the education programs through the donation by Sierra Pacific. And a compound microscope with LED external display was made possible by the Borman Trust fund to further the monitoring efforts of phytoplankton. A big thank you to these two organizations!
We are also proud to announce receipt of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction grant of $40,000 from the “Next Generation Science Standards and Climate Science Education Competitive Grant.” The Reserve will offer teacher professional development workshops through June 2019 that will provide educators with understanding, practical knowledge, and pedagogical skills to teach climate science including ocean acidification to middle and high school students. The program plans to serve 50-80 teachers. The first workshop was held in October on San Juan Island.
Are you inspired by all this great work? Would you or someone you know wish to join this dedicated team of Foundation directors? We are currently seeking a new member or two for our Foundation board. We’d love to hear from you if you are interested. One of our directors can meet you for coffee or chat on the phone to share what the Foundation is all about.
Enjoy the warmer temps and new growth of the spring season. See you out on the trails and mud flats!
~ The Padilla Bay Foundation