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The Pacific Rim Institute equips people and communities to live sustainably and care for Creation.
January 2015
Even though summer is still many months away, summer here in the office begins now. February is the month that we start the search for our summer interns and program staff. 

Summers at the Pacific Rim Institute keep us on our toes and we rely on our team of young adults to make our programs and our restoration a great success.

If I were to create a classified ad for these jobs, it would probably read along the lines of:
Fun, fast-paced program in need of high-energy staff. Low pay, but a great working environment and a guarantee for leaving with amazing memories.

If you know a young adult (or young-at-heart) that would like to gain valuable work experience while living on Whidbey Island for a summer, please forward this opportunity on to them.

I'm looking forward to finding an incredible team!
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Holly M. Syreen
Development Director

Summer Internships and Jobs at PRI
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Summer Restoration Intern
Would you like to gain valuable hands-on experience in conservation, habitat restoration, greenhouse management and more while spending 12 weeks on Whidbey Island?
Apply for our Internship by March 4, 2015.
Download a job description and application instructions here, or visit our website.

Food Service Staff
Would you like to spend 6 weeks on Whidbey Island and provide students with healthy meals made from fresh produce and local ingredients? Apply by March 23! 
We are looking for one Food Service Manager (download application instructions here) and three Food Service Staff members (You can download the application instructions here). You can also visit our website.

Program Support Staff
Would you like to foster Christian community among college students studying ecology on Whidbey Island for 6 weeks?  Apply by March 23, 2015!
Download the application instructions here, or visit our website.

Recent Happenings
The Big Purchase
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On December 15, 2014, we purchased 175 beautiful acres in Central Whidbey. This five year effort was possible with the generosity of donors near and far.  Click here to learn more.  If you would like to make a contribution to our on-going program and operational costs, please visit our website.

Upcoming Events
Whidbey Grafting Day
Saturday, February 14
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FREE. There will be rootstock and other materials available for purchase.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this event
See our website for more details

Plant-For-The-Planet Youth Event
March 28, 2015  10:00am - 7:30pm
At this event students learn climate justice and science, how to plant a tree, how to give a climate presentation, and make plans with the other ambassadors to engage the community on climate solutions. This year's event will be held at the Pacific Rim Institute.

Click here for more information and to register.  

Features of the Month
Photo of the Month
Submit your photos from our property or programs
Bald Eagle
Photo by Robert K. Pelant, CEO.
Book of the Month
Each month we will share a book, article or resource with you that aligns with our mission.

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

A tale of president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, pioneering the notion of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

Recommended by:
Robert K. Pelant, CEO

In-Kind Need of the Month
Each month we will feature one item from our In-Kind Needs list on our website - found at the bottom of the homepage.  To donate, give us a call at (360) 678-5586.

Bags of Mulch: Will be used for our propagation beds and some landscaping

Exterior White Primer: Many of our coops need to be repainted.  If you are interested in making a donation of primer, please call first.  (360) 678-5586

Special Fundraiser

"Harry the Woodpecker's Search for a Home"
By Joy and Craig Johnson
Join Harry and Harriet's search for the perfect place to raise a family. Fly alongside these remarkable birds as they face and overcome challenges. Watch the dedicated parents create a nest cavity, then care for and teach their youngsters how to forage and survive on their own. Celebrate the renewal of life with these Hairy Woodpeckers. You can learn more about this book and the authors here.

If you purchase this book directly from Pacific Rim Institute, all proceeds will go towards paying back the loan for our recent property purchase.
$10.00 each or $12.00 if you need it shipped.
To get a copy, contact us at (360) 678-5586 or
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Interested in volunteering at the Pacific Rim Institute?

We have several opportunities this spring.  This summer, we will bring back our Prairie Seed Challenge where volunteers compete for a prize for most hours spent collecting native seed.

Contact us if you are interested!

Annual Events
Prairie Open House
May 7 - 9, 2015

Join us for daily guided tours of the prairie!

Whidbey Raptor Day
September 19, 2015

Get up close and personal with hunters of the air!

Community Events
WITS Lecture
(Whidbey Island Theological Studies)

"God's Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation"

Saturday, February 21
8:45am - Noon
Coupeville Rec Hall

See Flyer Here

Whidbey Eco Net:

Check out the community events calendar on the Whidbey Eco-Net Website for environmentally related events, workshops, volunteer opportunities and more.

Join us!
The Pacific Rim Institute equips people and communities to live sustainably and care for Creation.

Please consider supporting this mission by making a donation.

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Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship

180 Parker Rd
Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 678-5586