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 InstituteMay 2014


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Upcoming Events 

May 8-10, 2014
Prairie Open House 

Whidbey Raptor Day
September 20, 2014
1-3:00 PM

More information about all our events on  
our website.


Current projects:

Cleaning native seed
Planting native plants
Finishing shade house

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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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Friends - it is that time of year again!
Prairie Bloom
The flowers are blooming and this is your chance to come and experience the prairie in its full glory! 

The best way to see the flowers and learn about our restoration work is by taking a free, guided tour.  See below for more information.

We are very excited to partner with the Penn Cove Water Festival, this year, and offer a special tour at 2:15pm on Saturday, May 10.  Festival participants can take a shuttle from downtown Coupeville at 2pm and be returned to the festival after the 1 hour tour.  Special guests from the Samish Tribe will be present to share why prairie was important to Native Americans for thousands of years.

Come see the prairie!
Best Regards,

  Robert Signature  

Robert K. Pelant, DVM 

Prairie Open House

Prairie Flora
Thursday - Saturday 
May 8 - 10, 2014 
Daily Tours 
10am, 4pm & 7pm 

*Special 2:15pm tour on Saturday in partnership with the Penn Cove Water Festival.  Guests from the Samish Tribe will join us to share why prairie was critical to Native Americans.  

Friday, May 9
8:00 PM 
Native storytelling with Lou LaBombard 
~A kickoff to the Penn Cove Water Festival~ 

Join us at the Pacific Rim Institute rain or shine.

New fencing to protect Golden paintbrush

Visitors to campus will notice that a few of our eastern trails near the prairie remnant have been temporarily closed.  We have installed a solar powered fence to deter deer from our flourishing population of the endangered Golden paintbrush.  Fencing will be up from April - August each year.  If you have any questions, never hesitate to stop in or give us a call!

Sustainable Agriculture meets Prairie Restoration

PRI is adding sustainable food production to our repertoire! Five acres of heirloom grains - barley and wheat - were planted by Greg Lange with Jim and Otto, his American Belgian draft horses on April 29th and 30th.  Producing organic food over a number of years serves our long-term restoration goals in controlling weeds, eliminating chemicals for those five acres, and greatly reducing prairie restoration preparation costs.  Stay tuned for an in-depth update soon!

WSU plants grains for Bread Conference

September 5-6, 2014, WSU Island Extension will host the Whidbey Bread Conference here at the Pacific Rim Institute.  This week, representatives of the WSU Plant Breeding program planted 6 varieties of grain here for the conference. To find out more or to register, click here.
Over 25 tons gone...more to go


Over the past week, over 25 tons of debris have been removed from our site. 17 tons have gone to the dump, while 10 tons of metal have been salvaged (saving over $1,400 in dump fees).  This has all been possible with the generosity of a local foundation and some local businesses.

We still have a long way to go! It will take approximately $6,000 to finish removing all of the game farm debris.  It is a safety hazard, encourages spread of invasive species and hinders restoration progress.
CEO Tours! 


Robert continues to offer special CEO tours on the FIRST and THIRD Thursdays of each month at 5:30pm.   



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