The Salish Sea Curriculum Repository

The goal of the Salish Sea Curriculum Repository is to develop a collection of open educational resources (OER) for use in land- and place-based, experiential, multidisciplinary, and transboundary teaching and learning in the Salish Sea bioregion. Our hope is that this pedagogy can support faculty and students in higher education in learning together to develop relational accountability with/in the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea

The Salish Sea bioregion is an estuarine inland sea surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges and rich in biodiversity. Freshwater lakes and glaciers filter through temperate rainforest into rivers that meet the saltwater and tides from the Pacific Ocean, filling the Puget Sound, Georgia Basin, and Strait of Juan de Fuca. The name "Salish Sea" reflects the long history of Straits and Coast Salish peoples, who have deep and abiding relationships with the lands and waters of this region since time immemorial.

Over the past two centuries, the Canada-U.S. border and each nation's governance structures have cut across this waterscape and intersected with Indigenous nations' laws and governance systems in myriad ways. Millions of people from around the world have moved to the region's cities and rural areas. Settler colonial systems and industrial-scale population growth in the region, combined with extractive resource economies and global climate change, create challenges for the future of this region and all who live here.

Salish Sea Studies

Salish Sea Studies is an emerging land- and place-based, experiential, multidisciplinary, and transboundary field that examines our shared bioregion's complex human-environment systems.

Salish Sea Studies curricular programming and resources support faculty and students to develop a sense of place and a sense of responsibility for learning and caring for where they live. Salish Sea Studies courses and units are designed to demonstrate that many ways of knowing are relevant and important for understanding the Salish Sea. (Salish Sea Studies formed through collaborations between and beyond Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College. Learn more here.)

Through Salish Sea Studies engagement, faculty, students, and bioregional communities can build meaningful connections across borders, disciplines, and systems to help bring to life an environmentally healthy and just future for the Salish Sea.

Learning Outcomes

Through Salish Sea Studies curricula, learners will be able to:

Faculty who practice land- and place-based, experiential, multidisciplinary, and transboundary learning can support students to:

An example from spring 2020