Grants Awarded 2018

Paul Wiseman Conservation Education

Beavers Northwest

Beavers Northwest is a small grass roots non-profit organization that began in 2015 to advocate for the many water quality and ecosystem benefits that beavers provide. Their advocacy includes research, outreach and landowner assistance.

The organization is developing a Beavers and Wetlands Field Study Pilot Program to be launched in the spring of 2019. The restored wetland of Magnuson Park and its resident beaver population will be the stars of the program. The program will offer an experiential field study for K-12 students at Magnuson Park. The focus will be on wetland habitats utilizing beavers as a focal point for activities addressing human impact on wildlife and habitats, evolutionary adaptations, trophic cascades and water quality.

Keta Legacy Foundation funding supports curriculum development, supplies acquisition, field study transportation reimbursement, and program evaluation and revisions.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

Recently launched in Tacoma, Washington, Defenders of Wildlife, in collaboration with the Washington Environmental Council, the City of Tacoma, Pierce Conservation District, and Metro Parks Tacoma Public Schools, created a program called Orcas Love Raingardens. The program highlights how raingardens can mitigate the impact of polluted stormwater runoff on salmon and orcas. Stormwater runoff is the largest source of pollution in the Salish Sea and detrimental to the health of orcas.

During 2019 Defenders of Wildlife and their regional partners will renovate existing raingardens at parks and schools in Pierce County. The raingardens are designed to function as outdoor classrooms, providing STEM and conservation education opportunities to schools and communities in Tacoma.

Keta Legacy Foundation funding supports the purchase of restoration materials, soil amendments, and new plants.


Clear Creek Task Force

Supporting work with students in Central Kitsap School District to educate them on water chemistry using a water quality monitoring program.

British Columbia Conservation Foundation/Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Funding to improve the quality of the annual educational outreach presentations and community programs.

Western WA University Foundation

Curriculum development for Salish Sea Studies – anchor courses for Salish Sea Studies minor. Proposal contains excellent cross-border collaboration and open-source format for use.

Education Supporting Habitat/Wildlife

Pacific Shellfish Institute

Support for bioblitz in South Puget Sound estuarine habitats – Budd Inlet, Eld Inlet, Nisqually Reach. Last bioblitz in 1998.

Northwest Watershed Institute

Expansion of successful Plant-A-Thon throughout Salish Sea region, and eventually nationally. Development of How To Run The Plant-A-Thon manual and video plus outreach to 10 Salish Sea partners.

Education via Film/Social Media/Web/Art/Hard Copy Publication

Friends of Deep Green Wilderness Fund

Add closed captioning in English and Spanish plus online toolkit and screening platform for documentary film Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish. This film will be free to educators.


Friends of the San Juans

Development of science curriculum based on microplastics mitigation and single-use plastics education.

WA Association of Land Trusts

Support for Association’s training event, Integrating Climate Change into Conservation Strategies, which assists land trusts with information and training on climate change relating to their strategies.