What we would give to be this river otter right now...
Basking in the sun and rolling around in the sand, not a care in the world, just taking a quick dirt bath as a break from a nice afternoon swim.
What a life!
This video was from the summertime when one of our staff members had some extra time while waiting for the ferry. It's wonderful what kind of things one can observe by slowing down and paying attention to their surroundings, especially in such a lovely place as these islands.
We hope you're finding ways to be cozy as winter seems to have finally settled in!
Our last scheduled event of the year is this Friday!
SJPT invites you to join us and the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank this Friday for another edition of First Friday Fieldwork!
From 9am to noon this Friday, December 1, please come to the south trailhead of the Turtleback Mountain Preserve to join community as we help finish off the newly-restored trail up to the main southern overlook. There may or may not be some plants we put in the ground as well!
Get out on the land with other islanders and take part in some important stewardship work on one of the most iconic landscapes in the archipelago.
We hope to see you out at this fulfilling final outing of the year!
It's #GivingTuesday and if you aren't familiar with the Coast Salish Youth Coalition, then you should keep reading!
The Coast Salish Youth Coalition was founded in 2017 and serves inter-tribal indigenous youth from Coast Salish Tribes who have ancestral ties with the San Juan Islands. This program organizes inter-generational cultural events while pairing education with environmental stewardship and providing employment opportunities.
This program is coordinated by a 100% Indigenous inter-tribal board and is fiscally sponsored by The Madrona Institute. You can visit madrona.org/donate to support their work.
This program aims to cultivate the next generation of culturally engaged environmental stewards by offering projects with hands-on, outdoor stewardship that incorporates Coast Salish traditional ecological knowledge and western science. Participants work on inter-tribal collaborative projects from the whitecaps on the Salish Sea to the whitecaps on the Cascade Mountains. They learn by doing contemporary management of traditional foodscape.
The ancestors of these Tribal communities have lived in and cared for the San Juan Islands for millennia.
They are the first environmental scientists and stewards of this landscape.
Today, there is a great environmental need for the original caretakers to have a stronger presence in the islands to heal the land and water. There is healing for the people too, when we return to the land and traditional foods.
The Coast Salish Youth Coalition empowers Tribal communities and youth to reconnect with their way of life by providing folks with the opportunity to explore their native heritage and mend their ancestral ecosystems. A program component also engages with elders and provides cultural learning experiences for the community at large, including local non-tribal communities.
Examples of past events and projects include canoe journeys, inter-tribal camas harvest and traditional bake pits, huckleberry meadow enhancements, oak habitat enhancement and fire management, cultural plant surveys, and many other activities.
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