Join us in the spring from Everett!

Wildlife Adventure

Ever wonder what animals live in your backyard? Join us on a wildlife focused field trip where we will venture out into Possession Sound in search of the multitude of species that call the Salish Sea home. Through a variety of interactive activities, we will learn about the biology, ecology, geography, and ongoing conservation projects relevant to the species we find. Spring season in Everett is a phenomenal time to search for wildlife, with chances of seeing seals, sea lions, porpoise, a variety of bird species, and if we’re lucky, maybe even a gray whale!

All tours include a classroom visit prior to field trip to prepare students for what to expect, and ensure maximum take-away from the experience.

Suitable for all ages.

Hands-On Wildlife Activities

Invertebrate Investigation: Meet the Clean-Up Crew of the Salish Sea 

Discover what lives along the sea floor with a crab pot collection and closely observe the ecologically, and often economically, important invertebrates that call the Salish Sea home.

Mystery Whale Challenge

Learn how researchers track individual marine mammals using photo-ID. Students will try their hands at matching individual whales to their ID photos using the physical characteristics that act as fingerprints for these species.

The Power of Plankton: Meet the Tiny Critters that Fuel Our Oceans

Discover the incredible multitude of micro-organisms that make up the bulk of ocean life during a plankton tow! Get up-close looks at these planktonic species when we analyze them using a microscope that projects onto onboard flat-screen TVs. 

Coping with the Cold

Learn about the adaptations that help marine mammals keep warm in cold climates with our blubber-glove challenge. Students will experience firsthand the insulating power of fat, and learn about other tricks mammals have to cope with the cold. 

Oceanographer for a Day

Use scientific instruments to investigate the underwater world, and learn about the physical challenges of living in a marine environment.

Suitable for Grades 4-12.

Hands-On Oceanography Activities

How Salty is our Sea?

The Salish Sea is one massive estuary. Due to the incredible volume of water that rivers and streams deposit into this basin, salt water and fresh water are constantly mixing in this region. This means that salinity can be variable, and marine species will either have to cope with the variability or get out!

Students will learn how to measure the salinity of water samples they collect using refractometers, and discuss how these measurements might influence life in Puget Sound.  

Deep, Dark, and Dense

Ever notice how murky the water in the Salish Sea can be? Maybe you’ve even noticed that the clarity can differ by region. Turbidity is determined by the amount of particulates suspended in the water column, which in turn influences how deep light can penetrate. 

Students will learn how to measure turbidity at various depths using Secchi discs, and discuss how water clarity might influence productivity in this region.  

Coping with the Cold

We live in a temperate climate, meaning the water of the Salish Sea isn’t exactly balmy. However, it’s in part the colder oceanic temperature that makes the Salish Sea such a productive habitat. But how do the species that come to take advantage of this productivity cope with the cold?

 Students will measure the temperature of the water in Possession Sound using thermometers, and discover what adaptations marine mammals have to cope with the cold.  

The Power of Plankton: Meet the Tiny Critters that Fuel Our Oceans

Discover the incredible multitude of micro-organisms that make up the bulk of ocean life during a plankton tow! Get up-close looks at these planktonic species when we analyze them under a microscope that projects its image onto onboard flat-screen TVs. We’ll discuss the importance of plankton, and how the oceanic food-web is reliant on the smallest of species. 

Invertebrate Investigation: Meet the Cleanup Crew of the Salish Sea

Discover what lives along the sea floor with a crab pot collection, and get up-close looks at the ecologically, and often economically, important invertebrates that call the Salish Sea home. We’ll discuss the anatomy, life history, and ecological role of the species we find. 

*Some activities dependent on oceanic conditions and sea state

Contact us to create your custom field trip!

Please call our main office at 360-293-2428 or email us at whales@islandadventurecruises.com to book your custom field trip.