The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation enhances our community by supporting a thriving system of parks, trails and open spaces. Your contribution helps to expand and improve island trails and to fund a wide array of park improvements, such as building new playgrounds, invasive species removal, and upgrades at the Aquatic Center. Together we can improve our shorelines and forests, ballfields and docks. Our parks and trails are our most beloved public resources; you can make these places even better for the enjoyment of the community for generations to come!
The BPAA provides an observatory, telescopes and space dedicated to many aspects of astronomy, including Star Parties, educational programs, public lectures, astronomy courses, research projects and construction programs. OCFA funds, along with membership dues, directly support operations.
The Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden whose primary mission is to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience in nature. Recognized as one of the country’s most ambitious and original public gardens, the Reserve’s 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands, ponds, meadows, and wildlife habitats. The Reserve features 12 distinct and beautifully landscaped gardens, including: an award-winning Japanese garden and guest house, a mysterious moss garden, a rhododendron glen that pops with color, a tranquil reflection pool and bird marsh, and a stately Residence, the Bloedel’s former home. We invite you to experience the spacious beauty of this Northwest jewel on Bainbridge Island.
Friends of the Farms is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 2001 with the mission to preserve and enhance local agriculture, increase farmland, and support the farming community. We create an environment where local agriculture can flourish by managing 60 acres of publicly-owned farmland, providing affordable housing for farm interns, connecting farmers with landowners, and advocating the community-wide social and economic value of local farms and food. We envision a robust agricultural scene, with a minimum of 180 acres on Bainbridge Island permanently protected for agriculture, an ever-increasing base for locally grown food, and opportunities that attract and retain future generations of farmers.
Kitsap Audubon Society is dedicated to environmental study, nature study and the preservation of wildlife and habitat, and the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural areas. We hold monthly educational programs and organize birding field trips. We publish an informational newsletter, known for its photographs of birds and activities. We are active in land and habitat conservation efforts.
NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest. Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. Ancient forests, alpine terrain, coastal marine habitats, and the largest river restoration in U.S. history make Olympic National Park a quintessential living laboratory. More than 4,000 students from throughout Washington State and the Puget Sound Region visit our Olympic campus each year.
Salish Sea Expeditions serves students in grades 5-12 by inspiring a passion for learning through hands-on marine science and STEM-focused exploration, maritime skills training and leadership development aboard a 61-foot sailing research vessel on the waters of Puget Sound. Students design and conduct real experiments, deploy oceanographic equipment, gather and analyze data, plot a course for data collection, handle sails and boat navigation, and work as a team to better understand the environmental health of the Salish Sea and its connected waterways.
Sustainable Bainbridge promotes actions that increase social, economic and environmental sustainability of our community. Our programs include Sound Food, Zero Waste, Beach Naturalists, Watershed Council, Let’s Pull Together, Weed Warriors and more. We function as an incubator to support the development of new sustainability-related initiatives in the community. We also take on special projects, such as organizing the Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup.