Storming the Sound
Educating for the Environment
— ideas, problems, solutions and resources to restore our world —
Storming the Sound is a conference for environmental educators in the north Puget Sound region, including the counties of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, Jefferson and San Juan. Every January teachers, environmental organizations and students gather in La Conner to share their interest and expertise in environmental education.
Storming the Sound Conference 2018
Thursday, January 25th • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Maple Hall, LaConner, WA
Seeking all presenters!
Do you have any cool new and relevant research you’d like to present? What about innovative and exciting curricula or activities you’d like to share? If you have presentation ideas, have topics that need discussing, or challenges that need solving, please send us a proposal!
Proposals can be submitted to Jenny Smith and Jason Huntley here. Please include your topic, a brief description for our website, and the name and affiliation of presenters. The deadline for presentation proposals is December 9, 2017.
Storming the Sound invites educators who are involved, interested and passionate about the environment to come learn from and share with one another. Formal and informal teachers, students, and regional organizations enjoy interesting and relevant workshop sessions, networking opportunities, and lively discourse at this annual, one-day conference.
Teachers – clock hours are available! Washington State Teacher Clock Hour Credits (7) will be offered for free. Just ask at the registration table when you arrive at Storming the Sound.
Need a substitute? Qualifying teachers are eligible for grant funds to cover the cost of your sub! Apply here.
Registration opens December 1st.
Registration costs $10. You will need to register through Eventbrite using the links below, but you have a choice to pay on-line with a credit card, or if you want to pay at the door with cash or check, just register using the”Pay at the Door” option.
Storming the Sound will be at Maple Hall in La Conner from 9:00 to 4:30 on Thursday January 25, 2018. Doors will open at 8:30. Please plan on arriving no later than 8:45 to avoid a bottleneck at the registration table.
Storming the Sound is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors.
Last year’s sponsors included:
- Academic Adventures
- Cama Beach Foundation
- Campfire Samish
- Coastal Volunteer Partnership
- Deep Green Wilderness
- Don’t Drip and Drive
- Friends of Skagit Beaches
- Friends of the San Juans
- Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum
- Langley Whale Center
- National Wildlife Federation
- Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
- North Cascades Institute
- NAME (Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators)
- Orca Network
- Puget Sound Energy
- RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
- Salish Seas Expeditions
- SeaDoc Society
- Skagit Conservation District
- Skagit Conservation Education Alliance
- Skagit County Public Works
- Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
- Skagit Land Turst
- Skagit Valley College
- Skagit Watershed Council
- Sound Slamon Solutions
- SR3- Sealife Response Rehab Research
- Washington Environmental Council
- Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehab Center
- Padilla Bay Reserve
- NANOOS (UW)
If you are interested in being a sponsor for this year’s event, please contact Amy Sprenger for more information.
Storming the Sound will be held at Maple Hall in La Conner in Skagit County.
WHAT TO BRING
- Knowledge of what’s on the agenda. Be prepared to select the sessions you wish to attend.
- Name tag
- A mug or cup for beverages
- Snacks (lunch is provided, there are nearby bakeries and espresso cafes)
- Conference stuff (t-shirts, mugs, ect. that you have received from other conferences but don’t need) for the “SWAG Swap” (you put your unwanted stuff on the table and take something you want).
From the north
Take I-5 to Hwy 20 (just north of the Skagit River and Mount Vernon). Take Hwy 20 west toward Anacortes about 5 miles to the stoplight at the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant. At this intersection turn left (south) onto the La Conner-Whitney Road. In about 4 miles, at the roundabout, take a right (west) onto Morris Street. Take Morris all the way to the end at the water (Swinomish Slough). Turn left (south) onto First Street (the main north-south street in La Conner). Take First all the way to the south end and you’ll run into Maple Hall (104 Commercial).
From the south
Take I-5 to exit 221 (Conway, Highway 534). Turn west to go over the freeway then very soon take a right onto Fir Island Road. Follow the signs to La Conner. You’ll find a roundabout as you enter La Conner. Continue straight on Morris Street (opposite side of the roundabout) about a half mile to the end at the water (Swinomish Slough). Turn left (south) onto First Street (the main north-south street in La Conner). Take First all the way to the south end and you’ll run into Maple Hall (104 Commercial).
Parking is available on the street and in the lot east (up-hill) of the building. Pass Maple Hall going east on Douglas St, turn right onto Moore, between Maple Hall and La Conner Town Hall, follow around to the left and the parking lot is straight ahead. A free parking pass is available to registered participants.
To help attendees set up carpools we’ve put Storming the Sound on Ridevu.com.
You can sign up to “Offer a Ride” or “Request a Ride”
- If you want to be a passenger you can scan the list of rides being offered without having to login. If you don’t see a driver with a trip near you then you can post your trip.
- If you want to be the driver, you enter your trip details (the neighborhood you’re starting from, time you plan to leave, return times, etc.)
Step 2: You create an account or sign in. To make Ridevu easy to use, we’ve made the event PUBLIC, so we suggest you create a Username that protects your privacy. (FYI, very shortly after the event we’ll take down the event.) We also suggest you DO NOT use your home address when you describe your trip – for initial coordination, your neighborhood is enough to get started.
Step 3: Check back to see if other drivers/passengers live near you and contact them to set up carpools.
Megan Bang is Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development at theUniversity of Washington. She is interested in STEAM education of youth, families, and communities, with a central focus on Indigenous peoples historically disadvantaged by our education system.
8:30 Doors Open
9:00-9:15 Welcoming Address
10:15-11:25 Session 1
12:30-1:00 Poster Session
1:15-2:25 Session 2
2:40-3:50 Session 3
4:00 Closing Remarks
The first Storming the Sound was held at Padilla Bay Reserve in 2000. The idea caught on and now Storming the Sound attracts about 150 professionals. The conference primarily attracts environmentally minded educators and professionals from around the central Salish Sea region.
Check out our photo archive of past Storming the Sound conferences!