SOS: Support our Schools & SEA Education Programs
SEA Discovery Center
SEA's Mission: Revealing the joy of discovery to cultivate stewards of the marine environment...
With its inception as the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, and more recently as the SEA Discovery Center, we've been providing free educational programs and a public aquarium to Kitsap County youth and families for more than 50 years. In 2016, Western Washington University acquired the center and changed the name to reflect all aspects of the facility and programs - Science - Education - Aquarium.
A mission to revitalize this long-standing institution for marine science education in the region was launched. Over the last 3 years, program participation has more than doubled, and 6,000+ youth from five Kitsap school districts engage in academic field trips discovering the wonders of the Salish Sea annually. We offer programs for students in Pre-K through 12th grade:
- Early Childhood Program (PreK-2nd)
- Elementary Program (3rd-5th)
- Secondary Program (6th-12th)
The programs are academically rigorous, with field investigations in the classroom and in our floating lab. We're conducting marine science in a boathouse located in Liberty Bay! We offer pre- and post- lessons in classrooms for many of our programs. Learning outcomes are tied to national science standards, and our instructors are highly educated teachers who love teaching marine science.
More than 70 percent of school field trip participants are from entities serving low income and/or tribal youth.
We need your support to continue the tradition of offering marine science education for our community. We're passionate about marine science, and want to continue to offer the programs to school districts and families who might not otherwise be able to financially support sending their students. Each field trip costs SEA $25 per student, and includes instructors, materials, animal and aquarium care and general operating expenses for the facility.
Your support can help us continue to offer high quality, hands-on experiential education in marine science for Kitsap county students.
- $25 provides support for one student to participate in an academic field trip (covers all associated costs to SEA)
- $100 provides a 3-hour youth enrichment lesson for K-8th youth. (GEM, STEM, KNOW)
- $200 provides a scholarship for one student to attend SEA’s 5-day summer camp
- $500 covers teaching costs for a one-day field trip for up to 60 students (early childhood, elementary, or middle school)
- $1,000 provides animal food, care and aquarium operations for 2 days
- $1,500 provides instructional costs for a 3-day investigative field unit for up to 60 secondary students
Thank you for your support!