The Bainbridge Food Forest is a:
Edible public park open to all ages and demographics
Community powered, co-created hub delivering hands-on experiences to grow ideas and inspire curiosity in children and adults
Living classroom and shared space to implement regenerative local food production and innovative concepts in habitat preservation and restoration
Sanctuary free for all to gather, nourish, explore, and share o Replicable model for year-round food security and equitable distribution of locally grown, nutritious, and fresh food
Ever-evolving natural landscapes attractive to native plants, animals, and insects
A stream alive with salmon and trout o A place for recreation and reflection
A place to implement new ideas and technology for optimal land and water management
Networked leadership guiding community-driven programs, management, and maintenance
A source of local food to stock emergency preparedness hubs and local food banks
The Bainbridge Island Land Trust works to secure property for preservation and public use such as Hilltop and the Grand Forest, the Gazzam Lake Nature 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 landowners 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 build and maintain island trails and funds a wide array of park improvements, such as new playgrounds, invasive species removal, and upgrades at the Aquatic Center and other park facilities. Together, we can improve our beaches and forests, boardwalks and docks. Our parks and trails are our most beloved public resources. Donate to make these places even better for the enjoyment and health of our community!
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, and supporting local non-profits in their own climate adaptation efforts. Currently EcoAdapt co-hosts the Bainbridge Climate and Energy Forum, and Movies that Matter. Learn more at EcoAdapt.org.
The mission of Friends of the Farms is 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 work to create system-level change for long-term impact through: • Permanent protection of the agricultural land base • Affordable housing and farmable land for the agricultural community • Public and private investment in infrastructure and commercial services • Committed local government, food-related businesses, and institutions • Informed food citizens through a multi-disciplinary approach to food studies for children and adults • Connecting human health with a farm-driven diet • Experimentation, innovation, and education to attract the best and brightest of the next generation of farmers and food producers
IslandWood was founded in 2000 as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region’s children. In the nearly two decades since, we have expanded the ways our work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological wellbeing for all. Our place-based, experiential learning programs offered on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle neighborhoods, and at the King County Brightwater Center serve more than 12,000 students every year. We have deepened our impact by co-developing science curriculum for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Generation Science Standards, offering an innovative Master’s level graduate program in education, and through policy engagement and authentic community partnerships. We are also a resource and gathering space for community-building and education, providing summer day camps and free and low cost community programs.
The mission of Kitsap Audubon Society is to preserve the natural world through education, environmental study and habitat protection. Our Bainbridge members are among our most active supporters, sharing expertise and volunteer energy for the chapter and enjoying all of our Audubon programs. Our newsletter, the Kingfisher, is sent monthly to members, friends and community leaders. Our monthly membership meetings feature educational presentations. We sponsor birding field trips on Bainbridge Island, in Kitsap County and around Puget Sound. We offer Audubon Adventures packets to 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Our Christmas Bird Count includes Bainbridge Island. We offer scholarships to public high school seniors and to college students engaged in environmental studies. We support land conservation programs of Kitsap nonprofits including the BI Land Trust. Our website is www.kitsapaudubon.org We are a volunteer run organization, with no paid staff. All of our funds are spent on programs as described above.
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 35,000 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 (PSRF) works collaboratively to restore marine habitat and native species in Puget Sound. Based on Bainbridge since 1997, PSRF spearheads native oyster, abalone, and kelp recovery efforts, operates a conservation hatchery, and also develops strategies to mitigate ocean acidification and re-forge connections between people and marine resources. Support from OCFA boosts our local engagement activities 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 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, Weed Warriors, Bainbridge Mobility Alliance 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 and the annual Association of Bainbridge Communities conference.
The Wilderness Land Trust is headquartered on Bainbridge Island, and works to protect wild places for all Americans, including the residents of the island who enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting and fishing in designated or proposed wilderness areas. People live, work and raise their families on Bainbridge Island because of the proximity and access to public lands. Washington’s designated wilderness is a wildlife safe-haven for threatened and endangered species, a reservoir for clean air and water, and an opportunity to experience the profound beauty of nature. Our lands program currently has five active projects just a short drive from the island, specifically in the Wild Sky Wilderness and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Our goal is to systematically acquire private inholdings to remove the threat of residential and resort development, road construction, mining and logging, stitching together the fabric of the wilderness and eventually making it whole for future generations.