We’re excited about our collaboration with the Seattle Opera and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra on an opera trilogy, Our Earth, created for younger opera-goers and nature lovers.
Our Earth tells a story of local animals and people in Puget Sound—and an ecosystem in danger. Heron and the Salmon Girl begins when wild salmon fail to return to the sea one spring. Animals such as Orca, Heron, Turtle and a fisherman embark on a journey upriver to find the missing fish. Later on in the trilogy, our characters continue their quest into a river valley and all the way up atop a forested mountain. Our Earth celebrates Puget Sound and the animals and people who make it so great.
Nature Conservancy salmon scientist, James Schroeder helped inform the opera story by sharing expert information about the salmon life cycle and what they need to thrive.
Your support helps us work to reduce toxic runoff, protect and restore our most important rivers and shorelines, and keep water clean so it supports fisheries, farming and wildlife like the opera characters.
Here’s a chance to explore some fun facts, videos and photos- all about Puget Sound.
Did you know Puget Sound harbors more than 7,000 species? How many geoducks live there? Or more importantly, what is a geoduck? See our collection of the top five things you never knew about Puget Sound. Explore the Mysteries of this Magnificent Inland Sea
The Nature Conservancy worked with the Seattle Opera to tell the story of animals and people of Puget Sound for Heron and The Salmon Girl, the first in a trilogy of operas called “Our Earth”. Visit the Opera and Puget Sound…at the Same Time!
Your support helps us ensure wild salmon runs stay strong. Salmon is an iconic food in the Pacific Northwest. But should we eat wild salmon? Find out why we say “yes” and explore some fun videos while you’re at it
Poor salmon! They sure need a lot of things to go right to survive: clear, cold water, big trees, large rocks and more. Our scientists will show you what a healthy salmon nest looks like. Watch a Video to Learn What Salmon Need to Survive
Check out how nature works everywhere to create your favorite things. Nature Works gives teachers, students and families everything you need to start exploring and understanding nature. See fun videos, games, photos and more to get started
The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Rocks program helps families explore and play in nature. You can find natural destinations in your area, connect with friends and locate outdoor activities. You will create a happier, healthier family. See How Much Nature Rocks!
Orcas live all over the world, but did you know a special group spends their whole lives in and around Puget Sound? These three different orca pods are collectively known as the "Southern Residents". Sadly, orcas in Puget Sound are the most toxic marine mammals on earth. Read up on your orca facts right here and follow the pods here
The bluff at Ebey’s Landing —one of our most visited preserves—is a windswept headland laced by one of Western Washington's most popular coastal trails. We’ve made it easy for kids to explore with our Ebey’s Eagle Eye Treasure Map. Go to Ebey’s Landing and Begin Your Treasure Hunt!