Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved at Padilla Bay:


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Coastal Volunteer Partnership (CVP)

The Coastal Volunteer Partnership is a new collaborative volunteer program for coastal and marine oriented volunteers in Skagit County. The CVP offers everything from free education and training programs, to volunteer opportunities, special events, workshops and more.

The Skagit Stream Team is another volunteer opportunity separate from the Coastal Volunteer Partnership

A Citizen Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program The Skagit Stream Team is a network of local citizens concerned about the health of local streams. Stream Team volunteers are trained to work in teams to collect water quality data on stream reaches located in Skagit County's three priority watersheds: the Nookachamps Creek Watershed; the Padilla Bay Watershed; and the Samish Watershed. Volunteers preferring dry feet are trained to conduct fecal coliform and turbidity tests at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve laboratory. The Skagit Stream Team Program utilizes standard operating procedures and a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan to train participants and to assure that the best data are collected.

Groups of 3 to 4 individuals work as a "Stream Team" to perform monthly testing of their stream for:

  • Temperature
  • Fecal Coliform
  • Turbidity
  • Depth
  • Dissolved Oxygen

Each team collects 9 months of accurate water quality (WQ) data in Skagit County's 3 priority watersheds: Samish, Padilla Bay, & Nookachamps. The data is Then compiled, graphed, and communicated in an accurate and meaningful manner.

Scheduled Training Dates

  • A new 10-hour training course is scheduled for mid-September each year. It usually takes two weekday evenings and a Saturday.

Contact the Reserve for registration and more information.

Skagit Stream Team is a cooperative effort between Skagit Conservation District and Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


For more information about Padilla Bay's Teacher Programs, please contact Susan Wood at (360) 428-1066 or