The Bainbridge Food Forest is a thriving, diverse, and sustainable, edible ecosystem created by a joint venture between Friends of the Farms and Bainbridge Prepares. We build resilience in our community by leveraging regenerative farming practices to improve soils, protect watersheds and build habitats for native species. Guided by experts from Biohabitats, Northwest Meadowscapes, the Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Audubon Society, the Xerces Society, and more, the BFF will foster the health of all species and be a:
• Community hub for hands-on experiences to grow ideas and inspire curiosity in children and adults
• Living classroom and shared space for regenerative local food production and innovation in habitat preservation and restoration
• Edible public park open to all
• Sanctuary free for all to gather, nourish, explore, and share
• Replicable model for food security and equitable distribution of locally grown, nutritious, fresh food”
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.
Now more than ever before, our parks and trails are the places we all share for recreation, reflection and fun. The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation enhances our community by supporting a thriving system of parks, trails and open spaces. Your gift helps us plan for new park features and fund a wide array of park improvements, including building new playgrounds, restoring the environment at Blakely Harbor Park, Moritani Preserve, Waypoint Woods, Williams-Olson Park and others. We fund the Student Conservation Corps and Summer Trails Crew, giving young people exciting, meaningful work in park restoration. Your family has probably been touched by our Community Grants, which have benefited the Bainbridge Aquatic Center, the Rowing Club, youth gymnastics and many other organizations. Together, we can improve parks and trails our most beloved public resources. Your gift makes 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, the Bainbridge Island Climate Impact Assessment and the Climate Change Adaptation Certification (a tool for communities like ours to make climate savvy decisions). Currently EcoAdapt co-hosts the Bainbridge Climate and Energy Forum and Movies That Matter. Learn more at EcoAdapt.org.
Because of your support, children and families will have a deeper connection to the food they eat and learn to make food choices that are good for their bodies, good for their community, and good for the planet. You make possible programs that support local food, farms, and community, such as our new Farm to School initiative and the Bainbridge Food Forest. Because of you FotF will continue advocating for farmland preservation, providing educational programs, such as the annual Edible Garden Tour, and bringing community together on historic farms at events like our Sunday Soup Supper in the Barn and Harvest Cider Pressing.
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 in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our multi-day, overnight programs take place in Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California; Olympic National Park in Washington State; and Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 600 schools and 35,000 students and teachers each year. In Olympic, every year more than 5,000 students and teachers explore and experience ancient forests, alpine terrain, coastal marine habitats and the largest river restoration in U.S. history.
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 to increase social, economic and environmental sustainability of our community. Our programs include Zero Waste, Bainbridge Beach Naturalists, Watershed Council, Weed Warriors, Bainbridge GreenWays and more. In addition to our ongoing programs, we function as an incubator to support the development of new sustainability-related initiatives in the community. We also collaborate with partner organizations on special projects, such as coordinating the Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup, the annual Association of Bainbridge Communities’ Environmental conference, the Climate and Energy Forum and the Trashion Show.
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.