2013 students campfire

The Pacific Rim Institute is a Christian nonprofit organization that equips people and
communities to live sustainably and care for Creation. 

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News from the Pacific Rim InstituteSeptember 2013

Recently at PRI

Photo of campfire at top of email by Collin Whitsett.

Alpine Ecology Class on Mount Rainier.
Photo by
Collin Whitsett

2013 summer students and staff

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Coupeville Nonprofit Fair 
September 7 
10am - 2pm 
@ Coupeville Farmer's Market by the Library

Come and say hello!! 



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It is a humbling experience to hear the passions and desires of a student.  Desires to cause change and make the world a better place.  Sometimes, I forget that passion and desire as I sit at my desk and answer phones, write grant reports and sort the mail.  But when students are here, I remember that the mundane also supports the change. 

Hours spent drafting program budgets and sorting out field trip logistics result in life changing experiences that light a fire in the heart of a young leader.  They have the opportunity to see Creation in a light different from the fluorescents of a classroom. 

When students share their excitement, when they ask if they can return, when the DO return, it reminds us that the work here at PRI is far from over. 

If you would like to be a part of this change, we have shared several opportunities throughout this letter.  I'd like to highlight just a few.

1. Whidbey Raptor Day.  Come experience learning outside the classroom for yourself.  Bring the family and bring your camera.  Steve Layman joins us not only with his knowledge of these beautiful birds, but with a passion that is hard to miss. 

2. Volunteer.  We have three volunteer opportunities over the next two months.  Getting your hands dirty is another way to engage the land and get to know the creation around you.  And you will be providing a GREAT help to us as well. 

3. Support.  If it were not for your financial support, Pacific Rim Institute would not exist.  Thank you so much to everyone that responded to our appeal this summer.  If you have considered supporting us in this way, why not make today the day? The biggest way to make an impact is to become a monthly supporter.  $10, $50 or $100 a month keeps the good work going all year long.

Wishing you a cozy fall,


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Holly M. Kress
Development Director

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2013 Whidbey Raptor Day 
September 21, 2013
1:00 - 3:00 PM

It's hard to believe that this will be our 4th year hosting Steve Layman and his colleagues for Raptor Day at Pacific Rim Institute. 

They provide a captivating and interactive experience with their feathered partners.


We hope you and your family will join us! You can make us an extra stop on your Whidbey Farm Tour!


Fall & Spring Internships
We have openings for a Fall and a Spring Restoration and Outreach intern. 

If you are interested in gaining practical field experience in restoring native habitats as well as taking part in engaging the community in these efforts, let us know!  Other skill sets you will be exposed to include: grant writing, environmental education, material development, volunteer management, and research.

You can send a resume and a statement of interest to Holly Kress (holly@pacificriminstitute.org). 

This is an unpaid internship, but we can provide housing onsite. 
Have an old truck taking up space? 

PRI is in need of a replacement pick up truck for our 1996 Ford which has fought valiantly over the past three years of its declining health!  At this point, repairs would likely exceed the value of the truck itself.  

Our need is for a regular sized bed, without much else being necessary.  Two door or four door.  Two wheel drive OK.  Something that appears to have a few years of life left in terms of tires, mileage, etc.

If you are looking to unload yours, please call us with your specifics including price.  If you are able to reduce part of the cost as a donation, that would be appreciated. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Feb 19 2011 work Day 1  
We have three volunteer opportunities this fall.  Check them out here!
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