Service, Education and Adventure (SEA)

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can

 use to change the world.”

                                                                                                                 – Nelson Mandela


Our Work: 

Through strategic partnerships and programming, Service, Education and Adventure (SEA) creates and supports innovative, nature-connected, service and adventure education experiences. Our partnerships and programs emphasize the four C’s of 21st century skills: critical thinking, collaboration, communication and
creativity. Participants engage deeply with the natural world and each other, cultivate community, and engage in meaningful service in and around Puget Sound, and the greater Salish Sea. SEA’s programs inspire and empower participants to become agents of change in pursuit of a sustainable and just world.

SEA’s mission is to serve as a linkage between schools, universities, government agencies and the private sector in creating exemplary community-based educational experiences for youth of all ages.


Our History:

Service, Education andAdventure (SEA) began its work in 2006 as a collaborative effort by partners with a shared vision. Under the leadership of South Whidbey educators Susie Richards and Chris Burt, SEA’s work rapidly evolved, and SEA registered as a Washington State nonprofit corporation in 2008. Since that time, SEA has become a leader in environmental and expeditionary education on Whidbey Island and in western Washington. SEA has created and collaborated with partner organizations to provide outdoor, nature connected, service and adventure education in and around Puget South, and the greater Salish Sea, for more than 2000 students and educators.


We have been honored to partner with more than 50 organizations, including:

  • Antioch University
  • Coupeville, Edmonds, Lake Washington, Seattle, Sedro Woolley and South Whidbey School Districts
  • Edmond’s Community College
  • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Swinomish Tribal Community
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Department of Education
  • University of Washington Center for the Study of At-Risk Students
  • Upper Skagit Tribal Community
  • Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Western Washington University
  • Young Women Empowered
  • Youth Opportunity Movement of Seattle King County

Our Now:

In 2013, SEA invited Calyx Community Arts School to formally partner with SEA, and agreed to serve as Calyx’s fiscal sponsor. SEA and Calyx entered into a creative agreement with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, which helped create a base for SEA and Calyx at South Whidbey State Park. Through Calyx, SEA’s current flagship program, SEA staff, program participants and volunteers serve as stewards of South Whidbey State Park. They are housed at the former state park ranger house, which provides an indoor classroom for their mostly outdoor programming.

For more information about Calyx, visit:



Service, Education & Adventure (SEA)
PO Box 1366, Freeland WA 98249
(360) 331-4811