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The Pacific Rim Institute is a Christian nonprofit that promotes the sustainability of Earth's natural and human systems by transforming the awareness, thinking and actions of individuals and communities. 

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News from the Pacific Rim InstituteAugust 2012


September 15, 2012
3rd Annual
Whidbey Raptor Day

This year, we are partnering with the Whidbey Farm Tour.
Birds will be at the Institute from 10:30am - 3pm on Saturday.

Get up close and personal with these birds of prey.  This year's theme:
Raptors and Your Farm Or Garden
Joel Gerlach with Clover

September 8, 2012
Come visit us at the Nonprofit Fair at the Coupeville Farmers Market next Saturday!  


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It has been a busy summer. It has been an AMAZING summer.  Below you will be able to read about the success of the Golden paintbrush, the academic session with Au Sable students, and the news of funds being provided to improve our greenhouse (and the help we could use with doing the work!).

Before we get into that, I wish to invite you to join our community here at the Pacific Rim Institute.  As a small organization, every gift helps.  If you are even the least bit inspired by what we represent here at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, will you consider supporting us financially this month?

If this is not the right time for you, please remember us in your year-end giving.  We treasure you all and we are so grateful for how we have been blessed and provided for over these past three years.

If you live on Whidbey Island or nearby, please visit us on September 15 for our 3rd Annual Whidbey Raptor Day.  It is not every day that you can stand inches from a Red-tailed hawk or have one perch on your arm.  Please consider yourself our special guest and come say hello! Not free that Saturday? Well, just stop by anytime.  We are always looking for an excuse to have a cup of tea with an old or new friend.

Happy Labor Day!


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Holly M. Kress, CNP 
Development Director

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The Year of the Golden Paintbrush!  
Cale - jks 2012
We are so excited to share great news with you about the success of the Golden paintbrush at the Pacific Rim Institute.  We have counted over 10,000 flowering plants this year - compared to less than 2,000 just last year.  Coordinators of the recovery project have said we are the most successful recovery site over the past several years.  Needless to say, we got excited.  Now the trick is to figure out whey they are doing so well on our site.  For more information,  check out this PDF  - or better yet, give us a call! Don't miss seeing our Golden paintbrush population in bloom next June!
34 Students from across the nation
2012 students campfire

34 students from all over North America joined us for five weeks this summer to study ecology and faith.  Students receive credit from their home institutions for taking these upper level college courses on Whidbey Island.  Many thanks to the Au Sable Institute, Camp Casey Conference Center, all our gifted professors, all the home owners who rented us their housing for our professors, and all the community members who let our students visit them and learn about what they are doing to create a sustainable future.  If you would like more information on the Au Sable summer ecology courses held on Whidbey or in Michigan, visit the Au Sable website or give us a call!
'Greenhouse Raising'
Call for Volunteers

The excitement just keeps coming.  A generous donor has recently given us funds to improve our Native Plant Center by making necessary repairs and enhancements to our greenhouse.  Funds will also allow us to build a new shade house.  Wow!! We are very excited.  This gift couldn't have come at a more perfect time. 

BUT - We still need some help! As the parts start to arrive we are going to need help installing them.  If you are at all interested in lending a hand or just want more information, please give Seth a call or send an email to [email protected].
(360) 678-5586
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Joe Sheldon with Students 2010