Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound - Salish Current
January 26, 2024
Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound
Amy Nelson

Founders (from left) Britta Eschete, Susan Wood and Glen “Alex” Alexander joined in a celebratory 25-year edition of the Storming the Sound environmental education workshop with around 150 attendees in La Conner Thursday, Jan. 25. With Wood and Alexander now retired, organizers are looking ahead to plans for the next 25 — and more — years. (Salish Current photo © 2024)

January 26, 2024
Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound
Amy Nelson

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A storm of insights on environmental education Thursday opened with comments and a prayer from Swinomish tribal senator Alana Quintasket and counsel on grief and resilience in the face of loss or destruction of treasured spaces from Lindsay Huettman of the Soul Stewards Council.

In its 25th year, Storming the Sound drew around 150 educators and students to La Conner, hailing from Skagit, San Juan, Island, Jefferson and Whatcom counties. With two of its three founders (Susan Wood and Glen “Alex” Alexander, along with Britta Eschete) now retired, organization this year was largely handled by Padilla Bay Natural Estuarine Research Reserve staff. An open brainstorming session focused on ideas for changes in planning future events.

The power of community and networks in reaching new learners was a resonant theme. Topics in 21 sessions covered issues as well as tools and techniques, such as engaging the community through citizen science, presented by Sara Brown of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, and visualizing climate data as abstract art, by Padilla Bay Reserve staff Annie England, Chandler Colahan and Erin Merklein.

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