Prairie Flora
The Pacific Rim Institute equips people and communities to live sustainably and care for Creation.
April 2015

The past several months have brought about several significant changes for Pacific Rim Institute.

In December, you helped us purchase this 175 acre prairie and campus, completing a critical five year goal.

In March, we welcomed three new members to the PRI Board of Trustees.

Carol L. Moliter
Owner, Big Rock Designs & Print
Coupeville, WA

Eric A. Steinkamp, PhD
Professor, Northwest University
Kirkland, WA

Thomas F. Johnson, PhD
Former Academic Dean and Professor of Theology
Coupeville, WA

April and May will bring about changes of their own. In a few short weeks, I will be leaving Pacific Rim Institute and Jennifer Prins will join the team as our Operations Manager. I am honored to be handing over my role to such a talented, experienced and dedicated individual. I hope you will show her as much support as you have shown me over the past five years. You can meet Jennifer at our Prairie Open House.

With new members of our team come new ideas and new energy. Keep watch for opportunities to partner with our new leaders to equip people and communities to live sustainably and care for Creation.

Warm regards,
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Holly M. Syreen
Development Director

p.s. Read on for upcoming events, recent projects and the start of this year's Prairie Seed Challenge!

2015 Prairie Open House - Save The Date!
May 7 - 9, 2015

It's that time of year again! In addition to our popular tours, we are hosting a special Dedication and Celebration on Saturday. See below for details on the weekend events!

Thursday, May 7, 2015
10am, 4pm and 7pm  Naturalist Tours of the Prairie
8pm  Bonfire by the Historic Owl Barn with PRI staff

Friday, May 8, 2015
10am, 4pm    Naturalist Tours of the Prairie

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10am, 4pm and 7pm  Naturalist Tours of the Prairie
3pm Dedication and Celebration

Our Dedication and Celebration will be a time for us to celebrate the recent purchase of our campus and pray for the future of Pacific Rim Institute. The event will end with the 4pm prairie tour for all interested.

All events are free and family friendly. Tours last about an hour and include less than a mile of flat trails. If you have physical limitations and would like to schedule a special driving tour, please contact us directly at (360) 678-5586.
Recent Happenings
Great day planting native oaks with young leaders!

Plant-for-the-Planet hosted an event here at PRI last weekend and it was a great success. As part of their program they planted 11 Garry oaks. To see a video highlighting the day, check out our April 7 post on our Facebook page.

Endangered Golden paintbrush being protected

A new fence has been installed in our prairie to protect the endangered Golden paintbrush population from deer. Huge thanks to the volunteers that have been working with us: Gary Parker, Gary Piazzon, Tom & Teresa Ellis, Joe Sheldon and Tim Syreen.

Our need to put up fencing is very closely related to the topic of our community event on April 21, 2015. See our 'Too Much Love' event below and join us for a lively discussion!

Upcoming Events
Too Much Love?
Is feeding deer and other wildlife doing
more harm than good?

Public presentation with Q&A

Tuesday, April 21, 2015   7:00pm
Coupeville Rec Hall
(Co-sponsored by Town of Coupeville and Pacific Rim Institute)

Presenters include Ruth Milner, WDFW District Wildlife Biology for Island County and staff from the WDFW Wildlife Conflict and Enforcement Programs.

Features of the Month
Photo of the Month
Submit your photos to [email protected]
Never too young
Photo by Jason Weigner

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.
Folding 8 foot tables: Do you have any folding tables (preferably 8-foot long) that you are no longer using? Please call to donate.


Special Fundraiser

"Harry the Woodpecker's Search for a Home"
By Joy and Craig Johnson

When you purchase this book directly from Pacific Rim Institute, all proceeds help pay back the loan from 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 [email protected]
In This Issue

2015 Prairie Seed Challenge
seed collecting
Are you ready for the 2015 Prairie Seed Challenge at PRI?

Sign up to help us collect rare, native seed during the summer of 2015. Each week we email you the collecting time options and you come when you are available. The volunteer with the most seed collecting hours by Labor Day wins a prize!   To sign up, reply to this email with your name, phone number and email.

Last year's champion was Pat France, with the Weigner family as the runner up.

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
Whidbey Eco Net:

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

April is Whidbey Earth and Ocean Month.

Many events are being hosted by great organizations up and down the island. Click here for more info!

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.

2012 students campfire
Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship
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180 Parker Rd
Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 678-5586