Members of the Oak Harbor High School Ecology club plant native grasses and
flowers in our Native Plant Center.

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

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News from the Pacific Rim InstituteJanuary 2014
Recently at PRI

Alumna Katelyn Geleynse and her grandfather, Larry Stegink, stopped by for a visit.  Larry is also one of our volunteers.

We recently had a booth at the 2014 Sound Waters conference hosted by the WSU Island County Beach Watchers

A sunrise caught by Holly on a January morning.

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Check out the new Whidbey Eco Network website for all environmentally related events on Whidbey Island!

Whidbey Eco Network is an network of groups and individuals on Whidbey Island working to save the ecosystems of Puget Sound. 





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Hello and Happy New Year!

In a recent staff meeting, Seth, Robert and I discussed what makes for a positive volunteer experience. We want to serve our volunteers in ways that make their contributions more meaningful and fun.

We look forward to expanding the presence of volunteers here and we would love any input you have for how to improve our volunteer program.

Read on to see the many volunteer opportunities we have for this year!

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Holly M. Kress
Development Director

[email protected]
(360) 678-5586

Volunteer Opportunities for 2014

Please contact us at: 
(360) 678-5586

Cleaning Native Seed 

Cleaning native seed is a critical step in growing native prairie plants and restoring native prairie. It take a lot of time to property clean the seed we collect each year. Tasks are easy and done indoors. You will have a a project goal and be able to see your progress and end result easily. Great for individuals or groups.

Planting Native Flowers and Grasses 
Spring and Fall

We produce thousands of native plants in our greenhouse and out-plant them into our prairie and nursery beds.  Work is performed outdoors and involved bending and kneeling.  Each project has a goal so you can see your progress and end result.  This is appropriate for individuals or groups up to 50.

Collecting Native Seeds  
Summer and early Fall

We collect seed from thousands of plants each year and have only accomplished this to date with your help.  Work is performed outdoors and involved some bending or kneeling.  We will train you to identify the right seeds to collect.  This is great for individuals or groups.


Summer Internships and Employment
Emily and Sea STar
Next month, we will send out information for our openings for the following positions:
Restoration Interns
Food Service Support Staff
Program Support Staff (RAs)
Keep an eye out for that announcement and please pass the info along to anyone you think might be interested.
Many Many Thanks! 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the transformation of this place in 2013! You made all the difference and we look forward to an amazing 2014 with you.

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