Gardens of the Salish Sea, 2015

Photos by Alyssa Pitcher

Fifth grader Leland Olson leans out the window of the Plover ferry during a rainy trip in Drayton Harbor. Olson and his classmates were on a field trip to the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s oyster barge as part of Gardens of the Salish Sea, an educational program that teaches kids about conservation and the local ecosystem.

Fifth grader Leland Olson leans out the window of the Plover ferry during a rainy trip in Drayton Harbor. Olson and his classmates were on a field trip to the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s oyster barge as part of Gardens of the Salish Sea, an educational program that teaches kids about conservation and the local ecosystem.

Clockwise from top left: Fifth graders Joshua Evenstad and Kenly Olinger-Stirrat chest bump after securing their lifejackets on Monday, May 11, at Blaine Harbor. Their class was preparing to board the Plover ferry for a field trip to an oyster barge in the harbor, part of the Gardens of the Salish Sea educational program.

Clockwise from top left: Fifth graders Joshua Evenstad and Kenly Olinger-Stirrat chest bump after securing their lifejackets on Monday, May 11, at Blaine Harbor. Their class was preparing to board the Plover ferry for a field trip to an oyster barge in the harbor, part of the Gardens of the Salish Sea educational program.

Jase Tucker examines perhaps one of the world’s largest oysters. The oyster was planted in the 1980s and is in the running for a Guinness World Record for largest oyster.

Jase Tucker examines perhaps one of the world’s largest oysters. The oyster was planted in the 1980s and is in the running for a Guinness World Record for largest oyster.

Mark Seymour with Drayton Harbor Oyster Company shares oyster expertise on his oyster barge in Drayton Harbor.

Mark Seymour with Drayton Harbor Oyster Company shares oyster expertise on his oyster barge in Drayton Harbor.

Classmates Jonathan Puha and Briseya Nolasco learn about oysters by inspecting their insides at the Blaine Harbor boathouse.

Classmates Jonathan Puha and Briseya Nolasco learn about oysters by inspecting their insides at the Blaine Harbor boathouse.

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