The Bainbridge Island Land Trust works to secure property for preservation and public use such as Hilltop and the Grand Forest, the Gazzam Lake Preserve and Pritchard Park. Additionally, the Land Trust stewards the lands already preserved, securing it for long-term enjoyment by everyone. The Land Trust works with private land owners as well as community and regional partners to restore our shorelines, streams forests and wetlands. The Land Trust regularly offers opportunities to train and inspire Islanders of all ages to help battle invasive species and plant native plants.
The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation enhances our community by supporting a thriving system of parks, trails and open spaces. Your contribution helps to build and maintain 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 and other park facilities. Together we can improve our shorelines and forests, boardwalks and docks. Our parks and trails are our most beloved public resources; you can make these places even better by helping support unfunded projects for the enjoyment of the community for generations to come!
EcoAdapt supports Bainbridge Island, and communities like ours, in creating a robust future in the face of climate change, through education and collaboration with local government, community groups and concerned citizens. Our programs include Awareness to Action workshops, State of Adaptation syntheses, the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKEx.org), and the National Adaptation Forum. Past work includes guiding Bainbridge Island to a climate savvy comprehensive plan. Currently EcoAdapt co-hosts the Bainbridge Climate and Energy Forum. Learn more at EcoAdapt.org.
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.
Puget Sound Restoration Fund works collaboratively to restore marine species and habitats. From our base of operations on Bainbridge, we have been a driving force in native oyster, abalone, and kelp recovery efforts. We operate a conservation hatchery to rebuild and research multiple species, and we have developed creative strategies to mitigate ocean acidification and re-forge connections between people and marine resources. Support from OCFA boosts both our local engagement activities and our on-the-ground recovery efforts and keeps us barreling forward to restore a healthy ecosystem that supports human habitation along this wonderful coast of ours.
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 Zero Waste, Bainbridge 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.