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News from the Pacific Rim InstituteMay 2011
Continuing Education This Summer!
Adults working on prairie
See our website for class descriptions, costs, and credit information.




Each class must have 6 students to run.



PRI in the Whidbey Examiner

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Gordon Weeks, of the Whidbey Examiner, wrote a beautiful article about the Pacific Rim Institute in May.  The article brought several community members to our May event and told our story to the Island.   


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Vans For Sale
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Fifteen Passanger Vans

We are selling two vans:  A 15-passanger van and a mini-van.


Please call  

(360) 678-5586  

or reply to this email. 

Posts and Chicken Wire available

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Suggested Donation
Doug Fir Posts: $4
Used Chicken Wire:  $0.15/ft
Cedar Split Rails: $10 


Rent our Facilities

Party/Dining Room

Dining/Party Room



India Room




For availability, call

(360) 678-5586

Download our Rental Form or visit our website for more info.  


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Summer has finally begun to show itself here on Whidbey Island.  Once or twice we've even hit the 60s!  We are gearing up for a busy summer on the prairie - please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

If you are able, will you consider making a financial gift?  Your contributions will be put to immediate use to support our ongoing projects on the prairie.  In particular, we have several interns joining us this summer.  They are volunteering their time (what a blessing!), but we will still incur some costs for their stay.  Your donations will help us cover some of these costs and allow us to take advantage of wonderful opportunities like this.  Will you perhaps make a $25 gift in support of our interns?

Make a Donation

Thank you so much for supporting us.  If you would like to make a gift in a different amount, please go to our website.

Warm Regards,
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Holly M. Kress
Resource Development Officer 

April Happenings


Robert off to Tibet!

Our fearless leader is off to the Tibetan Plateau for most of June.  He will be advising and evaluating work done by international and national NGOs in response to the 2008 earthquake.  He will also be consulting farmers and herdsman in sensitive Snow Leopard and Tibetan Brown Bear habitat.  Robert has done similar work in the past with Panda habitat.  Robert's rich history with global sustainable development was a huge factor in the founding of the Pacific Rim Institute.  His hope is that PRI will eventually become an organization that prepares students and others to serve in a Global context.


Robert will not have access to email in June, so any urgent concerns can be addressed to Holly: [email protected] 


May Prairie Celebration - Great Success!Prairie Flora

Thank you to everyone that came out for our 'Picnic on the Prairie'!  The rain may have kept us from eating our picnic outside, but everyone that came braved the weather and traveled out to the prairie remnant to get a first-hand look at the precious plants found there.  Many individuals made generous donations to the institute, and several won some great raffle prizes.  Keep an eye out for our fall event on September 17: Whidbey Raptor Day.


Rocky Mountain College visitsRMC 2011

Five students, lead by professor Dan Albrecht, traveled from Rocky Mountain College to spend a week with us.  Our Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Dr. Joseph Sheldon, accompanied them as they explored Whidbey Island, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic National Forest.  This trip was made possible through a connection with the Global Travel Alliance.  


Intern hellos and goodbyesCaitlin at Picnic 2011

This past month we said goodbye to our intern Caitlin Peterson.  As you may recall, Caitlin joined us for four months from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  We were very thankful for all her work and support.  In June we will welcome two more interns (from Minnesota and Iowa), as well as a local high school volunteer, to the ranks.  They will be critical in supporting our greenhouse, native plant work, garden, and prairie restoration work.  Will you consider making a $25 gift to support our work with interns?

Make a Donation 


Dr. Randy Van Dragt coming out for the summerRandy & gloria

The Chair of our Board of Trustees is coming with his lovely wife, Gloria Van Dragt, to spend the month of June here on the Prairie.  He will move several large projects forward as well as providing leadership in Robert's absence. Gloria will be assisting with food service planning as we prepare for students in July.  Their leadership and support has been a critical foundation for the success of the Pacific Rim Institute.


VolunteersNavy may 2011

This past month we were blessed by the work of many volunteers.  Several community members came to help us plant Roemer's fescue and remove fencing from the property.  This work is part of our USDA-WHIP grant, which means that not only did we make good progress on habitat restoration, we also received some funding for this work.  Pictured is a group from the Navy that came out several days to help us accomplish our work.  We could not have finished it all in time without them and our community volunteers!




13 new donors joined the Pacific Rim Institute community in May, bringing our total number of individual, household, and company donors to 123!  Thank you so much to everyone that has given this month.  Your donations are critical to the survival of this place. 



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Special Donation Need

We are still looking for a few more donors to match our $2,500 grant to buy a brush mower for more effective property and restoration management.  A generous donor has stepped up with $100 and we are looking for an additional $900.  If you would like to give for this particular goal, please send a check to:

Pacific Rim Institute

180 Parker Rd

Coupeville, WA 98239

or donate online

and put 'Mower' in the comments.


Joe Sheldon with Students 2010

Join our Efforts
The Pacific Rim Institute equips people and organizations with the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to transform their communities toward more sustainable living.  We pursue this vision through our mission of preservation & restoration of native habitats, practical research on restoration best practices, environmental education, and service to the community.

Please consider supporting us in this mission by making a donation.  You can donate online here or you can send a check made out to Pacific Rim Institute to 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Contact us if you would like to discuss particular projects that you can support.