There are many different ways to teach Salish Sea Studies courses. We offer three basic course design strategies and examples from different modalities.


The first Salish Sea courses offered at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College were designed with two week units titled Who, What, Where, When, and How/Why.


Some Salish Sea Nations have 13 moon calendars to guide harvest and other seasonal activities. Educational materials have been developed and designed by local nations. Partner with your local nation(s) for shared learning.


In Spring 2022, we experimented with a new design for the Introduction to the Salish Sea course, starting from the whitecap of Mount Baker, traveling down the Nooksack River to the whitecap of Bellingham Bay, and then circumnavigating the Salish Sea from there. This course was designed by new SALI instructor Dr. Tuti Baker, original SALI instructor Dr. Natalie Baloy, and a student enrolled in the first SALI course, Caitlyn Blair.

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