Join us for our Speaker Series once a month through April 2018. All presentations are free to the public, located in the Maritime Room East. 5:00–7:00 PM.


Mark Bunzel

CRUISING THE DREAM DESTINATIONS
December 14 | 5:00–7:00 PM

The area from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska is one of the largest and most varied cruising grounds in the world. One can boat in relatively protected waters; visit resorts and quaint, family-run marinas; enjoy excellent food; and see wildlife including whales, dolphins, bears, and more bald eagles than you have ever seen in your life. The 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide is considered by its readers to be the “bible” for cruising this area. As its editor, Mark cruises this area from Olympia to Ketchikan every summer to see what has changed and what is different. In this presentation he will take the audience through the Waggoner‘s favorite destinations and what makes them so special. With this information you can plan the trip of your dreams.


Henry Veitenhans

R2AK TEAM NORTH2ALASKA
January 18 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Hear the incredible story of Team North2Alaska’s R2AK journey with team member Henry Veitenhans who, with his father and three friends, built a boat—not knowing how to build one from wood, they welded it together out of aluminum—and completed the Race to Alaska as part of their high school senior project. Read their full R2AK team bio.


Wendy Hinman

SEA TRIALS: AROUND THE WORLD WITH DUCT TAPE AND BAILING WIRE
February 15 | 5:00–7:00 PM


Brice Boland

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SURFRIDER FOUNDATION
March 15 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Brice Boland, Washington Field Manager for the Surfrider Foundation, will discuss the organization’s model and how it is implemented in Washington State, specifically on the Olympic Peninsula. Brice will share several stories and methods volunteers have utilized locally and on the state level to impact water quality and raise interest in coastal policy. The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful network and is based in San Clemente, CA.


Ernie Baird & Martin Musson

RACE TO ALASKA
April 19 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Past Speaker Series Events

Irene Skyriver

PADDLING WITH SPIRITS: A SOLO KAYAK JOURNEY
October 19 | 5:00–7:00 PM

In this day where importance is often focused on setting records or proving oneself, Irene’s solo kayak journey from Alaska back to her home in the San Juan Islands, was instead, about connection to the spirit world. Drawn by the sacredness of nature and a trust in the spirit guides of her ancestors, she dances with the elements and sings out to the skies as she makes her way back to her community. She will talk about what lead her to this journey and about her new book, Paddling with Spirits.

A Washington native, Irene Skyriver was born in Port Townsend and raised in the country. She moved with her children and horses to Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands thirty-eight years ago, where she lived off-the-grid and as a single parent. She spent most of her early years growing a garden and letting the outdoors and beaches be her family’s sanctuary, inspiration, and teacher.


Kurt Grinnell

JAMESTOWN SEAFOOD
November 16 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Kurt will be presenting on Jamestown Seafood’s aquaculture program as well as the broad scope of the Tribes Natural Resource programs and long term goals. Kurt was elected to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council in 2004 and is the driving force behind Jamestown Seafood. He has served on the Hunting and Fishing Committee for 33 years, and currently serves as Tribal Policy Liaison for the Tribe’s Natural Resources Department. In 1981 he became a gillnet fisher, and then began attending fin-fish negotiation meetings with the Makah and Point Elliot Treaty Tribes. In the early 90’s he served as the Indian Child Welfare Case Worker, Chemical Dependency Counselor and Social Worker, and since that time he has also served the Tribe in the areas of education, housing and culture. In 1995, he became a commercial geoduck diver.