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 Educational Programs and Workshops

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Washington State University WSU Extension 

WSU Extension has a wealth of information about our local area. From sustainability, waste reduction, shorelines, gardening and more, this is an amazing resource for both young people and adults.


                                                                                      
WSU Waste Wise is a waste reducation and recycling program supported by staff and volunteers who reach into the community to share what they learn in training with others.  






Join the staff at WSU Extension Island County to learn how you can live more sustainably. Live and recorded online speaking series are available.






Join Island County and WSU Extenstion a shore steward to learn how to better manage your waterfront land and preserve critical shoreline habitat for fish and wildlife. 



The Shore Stewards Guide for Shoreline Living is a wonderful resource that  outlines why Whidbey and Camano Island are so unique and how to protect our over 200 miles of shorelines.
 








WSU Extension is for Everyone
Click the link above to search WSU's website for your chosen topic to learn about educational programs and assistance from WSU Extension.

Wetlands and Aquatic Habitat

Wetlands are vital parts of the local ecosytem and many Washington property owners want to help preserve, protect, or restore them for wildlife habitat and improved water quality. We encourage responsible wetland stewardship and have resources to help:



This publication from Washington State Department of Ecology outlines things you can do for your wetland to promote healthy wetland areas, wildlife habitat, and water quality.





Homeowners' Guide to Wetlands & Buffers: 

Homeowners play a big role in wetland protection and health. This guide from Washington DOE provides information for homeowners on how to protect wetlands and the importance of buffers to wetlands protection. It also includes gardening and yard care tips for every season.




Gardening 




This resource from the Noxious Weed Control Board teaches Washington residents how to design a beautiful garden with native and non-invasive plants. Both an online version and a downloadable planting guide for our area are included.



Gardening in Island County

This online resource from WSU Extension offers a wealth of knowledge and advice about gardening in our area to help you have the healthiest plants possible, whether you choose to grow your own food or beautifully landscape your propergarty.


This site by WSU offers great, easy to use research-based fact sheets on a multitude of gardening topics.


WSU Extension in coordination with Island County also offers an environmental education program known as the Washington Master Naturalist training. The program will be available online with select WSU Extension County offices offering additional field training.  Contact WSU Extension for the current schedule.


Landscaping with Native Plants

These two resources from Mason Conservation District give plenty of ideas on how to design your landscape with native plants to support wildlife and preserve our local ecosystems.

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Wildlife






An amazing resource: Learn more about the plants and animals that call western Washington home from the Washington DFW.



Whidbey Audubon Society