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 2019
Thursday, January 24th • 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 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 1, 2018.
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 24, 2019. 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.
Please let us know if you would like to be a sponsor for our 2019 event! Please contact Kat McCarroll for more information about sponsorships.
2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors
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).
104 Commercial, La Conner, WA 98257
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).
Limited parking is available on the street so we recommend using the city lot that is on Moore Street (about two blocks east of Maple Hall). When you are at Maple Hall look to the east and you’ll see the “Parking” sign. If you place the “Event Parking Pass” on your dashboard, parking is FREE for registered participants. Click here for your free parking pass.
To help attendees set up carpools we put Storming the Sound on Ridevu.com. (This event will go live in early December)
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.
8:30 Doors Open
9:00-9:15 Welcoming Address
10:15-11:25 Session 1
12:00-12:30 Poster Session
12:30-1:00 The Salish Sea – What’s in a Name? plenary
1:15-2:25 Session 2
2:40-3:50 Session 3
4:00 Closing Remarks – Glen Alexander
Check back soon for more detailed session information!
The first Storming the Sound was held at Padilla Bay Reserve in 1999. 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!