Celebrating 50 Years

Our Natural Legacy

Protecting and connecting with the habitat, mountains, water, and natural history of the Salish Sea region.

Our Work

Bright pink rhododendron blossom

Preserve

We are stewards of the Rhododendron Preserve, a 466-acre ecological jewel with some of the last remaining old growth forest in the Puget Sound lowlands.

A sun-dappled path through evergreen forest

Inspire

We partner with other like-minded organizations to increase Salish Sea stewardship, preservation and restoration by offering grant applications.

Long-exposure shot of rocky, blue-gray river with white-capped eddies

Educate

We work with local schools and community members to offer environmental educational experiences to encourage good stewardship of the earth.

Recent News

  • A overhead look at the Preserve. The new bridge is on the left upper side. You can see the creek with trees and foliage around it

    Visiting the Preserve

    We love having visitors at the Preserve. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy our beautiful part of the state. During the summer, visits increase, putting protection of the Preserve and the ongoing restoration of its waterways and landscapes top of mind.

  • A black and white picture of Gardner Hicks. He is smiling wearing a collared shirt. he has glasses and a hat on.

    A Dedication to Gardner Hicks

    When we discuss work to be done on parts of the Preserve, it’s helpful to have a quick way to identify that part. Often, we use the name of the previous owner. But from time to time, we want to honor someone and will rename a part of the Preserve for them.

  • A bunch of trees all together with the sun shining through. Showing that there are too many trees close together

    Restorative Forest Health Work

    As many of you know, some of the newer Preserve parcels have incredibly crowded tree stands that not only put the landscape at higher risk of wildfire, but also are prone to disease.

  • a bunch of cut out salmon in a bucket ready for kids to count and measure for smolt counting. They are different shapes and sizes

    Salmon and Kids Connect

    The Foundation takes great joy and satisfaction in customizing field trips such as the one for 4th graders that we hosted recently. They wanted to learn about salmon and connect to the Preserve’s salmon run in the life stage they are now.

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