Do you brake for salamanders? Owls? Salmon? If you can’t keep your eyes off island trails, skies, creeks, and critters then you’ve come to the right place. Join a growing group of curious nature-lovers who want to know and protect our wild island neighbors.
Vashon Nature Center is a virtual nature center that runs field research programs in various parks and preserves on Vashon and Maury Islands. We have an advisory group of 45 local scientists and naturalists that lend their expertise to our work. We welcome the help of students, families, and adults in collecting the field data that helps us learn more about our islands’ wildlife and habitats. We also create quality publications and blog articles to share and interpret the scientific information we collect so that it becomes common knowledge and part of the fabric of our community.
Citizen science involves people of all ages and abilities in active research projects—whether it be trees, Bioblitz surveys, salmon, sea stars or birds—your observations help build our island nature data bank. Learn more.
Vashon Nature Center works with Vashon Island School District to bring expert scientists into the classroom, and to create hands-on environmental research opportunities for students of all ages. We believe in the power of engaging youth in real projects that have real consequences and benefits for their local community. We work closely with teachers to link projects to existing curricula and Next Generation Science Standards. Learn more.
Vashon Nature Center occasionally offers one-day naturalist workshops on different nature topics. These workshops can be taken singly or combined in a series. Those who complete the entire VNC workshop series receive a Salish Sea Naturalist certification, which qualifies them to work as interpreters for Vashon Nature Center. We are pursuing continuing education credit for teachers. Learn more about these workshops and other training opportunities.
The Vashon Nature Center blog is one part of building a living and growing legacy of naturalist information, including reflections on our own roles within nature. We draw inspiration for these entries from our own field work and nature exploration as we conduct citizen science projects, research, and nature education on the islands. We invite you to comment, share our stories, post ideas for us to research, introduce yourself, and become part of our community.
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(Featured photo by Alison Kennedy)