Get to Know Row

1:00PM April 7, 2012

Lake Union Park, Seattle, Washington (Park’s West Pebble Beach):

OAR Northwest launches the Canadian Wildlife Federation Salish Sea Expedition, a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island aboard the world’s most technologically advanced ocean rowboat.

From 11AM-4PM, OAR Northwest, National Wildlife Federation, Canadian Wildlife Federation, and the Get to Know Program, along with other partners, will introduce participants to regional outdoor wonders, resources, and opportunities for connecting kids and families with nature. The event will be a simultaneous kick-off for the CWF Salish Sea Expedition and the U.S. Get to Know Contest, which aims to connect youth with nature through the creative arts.

At 1:00PM the 29-foot James Robert Hanssen will begin the expedition by crossing Lake Union to the Ballard Locks where friends/family will again wish a “bon voyage!.”

Have you registered yet to “Follow” the expedition?

2012 Get to Know Contest Launch hosted by the National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation’s Pacific Regional Center is proud to host a “Be Out There” National Launch Event for the 2012 Get to Know Contest Saturday April 7th from 11AM-4PM at Lake Union Park. Partner organizations will introduce participants to the Pacific Northwest’s regional wonders, sharing exciting opportunities for connecting kids and families with nature. The event, one of six national Get to Know Contest launch events occurring across the U.S. April-June, will also help promote NWF’s BE OUT THERE program and other partner programs by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Recreation and Park Association, Wildlife Habitat Council, Wildlife Forever, and Outdoor Afro.

CWF Get to Know Contest

The CWF Get to Know Contest aims to inspire youth to get outdoors, get active, and “get to know” their neighbours of other species. Through the CWF Salish Sea Expedition, OAR Northwest is happy to be bringing awareness to the CWF Get to Know Contest.

Open to youth across Canada, April 7 – July 16, the contest invites youth to get outdoors and submit original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by their wild neighbours. This year’s theme is “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours” and the goal is be as creative as possible. The contest kicks off in the U.S. on April 7th coinciding with the launch of the CWF Salish Sea Expedition!

In special recognition of the CWF Salish Sea Expedition, the Get to Know Program is excited to host a new “Rivers to Oceans” Gallery on Youth who enter artwork inspired by their aquatic wild neighbours will be featured in the gallery and have a chance to win a special prize provided by CWF. For contest details, including how to enter, please visit:

CWF Salish Sea Expedition, 2012

A Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island

Launch Dates

April 7: Lake Union Park, Seattle, WA

April 9: Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, BC

April 11: Vancouver Rowing Club, Vancouver, BC

Oars Up!
The rowing crew of the James Robert Hanssen prepares to voyage through the Pacific Northwest’s unpredictable Salish Sea, and into the unforgiving Pacific Ocean. The expedition team will attempt to circumnavigate Vancouver Island in a counter-clockwise direction to strategically take full advantage of primary currents.