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Whidbey 101: Living on an Island

Program Contact: Sarah Bergquist
360-639-6062 •

Welcome to Whidbey 101: Living on an Island

After many years, Whidbey 101 is back! The focus this year is on resilient living.

Living on an island is different.  We have ferries, rural roads, deer, private septic systems and wells, an abundance of trails and other outdoor opportunities, different recycling rules, and fewer services and shopping options.  We have community.  Although sometimes inconvenient, these things all make our island what it is and are why most of us moved here in the first place.  Learn how to live life to the fullest here on Whidbey Island.

If you live on Whidbey, whether you just moved here or you have been here for a generation or more, this free event will help you. Find out about the best trails, how to live with a septic system and what programs are available for seniors. Learn about the free bus system, how to manage yard waste and recyclables, prepare for emergencies, prune an orchard, start a garden, or landscape for wildlife. Volunteer to help clean beaches, maintain trails, greet park visitors. Sign up for educational programs, or get expert advice on forest or pasture management, all in the Freeland Trinity Lutheran Hall. Bring your questions and meet your neighbors.

Saturday, April 29, 2023


Demonstrations and Presentations

  • Demonstrate how-to’s
  • Community partners share their expertise
  • Parking Lot demonstrations of emergency vehicles, electric vehicles, and a transit bus

Talks and Instructional Tables

Topics Include:

  • Public Health and Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Community and Volunteering
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Wellness and Healthy Living
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Educating New and Present Islanders

Whidbey 101 Partners

Our Partners:


Civility First


Citizens Climate Lobby


Climate Crisis Action Committee


Community Health

Civility first so we can work together!

Solutions to climate change


Electric Vehicle Demonstrations and educational resources

Learn about the WIC program

Friends of Friends Medical Support When our South Whidbey neighbors are faced with unexpected medical costs, we’re here to help
Friends of Whidbey State Parks Help care for the places you love! Now, more than ever, we need parks & State Parks need your help
Good Cheer





Greening Congregation

Ready to help is the Good Cheer Food Bank

Works Together with the South Whidbey Community
to Create Essential Solutions

Faith community in environmental action!

Healing Circles of Langley

Helping Hands of South Langley

Exploring the heart of healing

Helping islanders through tough times

Island County Auditor Register to Vote!
Island County Department of Natural Resources Salmon Recovery, Surface Water Quality and Shore Friendly
Island County Environmental Health

Island County Marine Resources Committee

Maintaining Your Septic System

Protect and restore marine resources in the Puget Sound area

Island County Noxious Weeds Learn about noxious weeds and how to deal with them
Island County Public Works Learn about emergency management
Island Senior Resources Resources for Seniors on Whidbey & Camano
Island Transit Provides safe, accessible, convenient, and friendly public transportation services that enhance our Island quality of life
Lighthouse Environmental Program Learn how to care for our waters, shores and uplands
Organic Farm School How to become a successful organic farmer
Opportunity Council To help people improve their lives through education, support and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities
Red Cross



Learn to be prepared for emergencies

Learn the best ways to reuse and repurpose items

Shore Stewards Learn better ways of managing the land to preserve critical habitat for fish, wildlife and birds


Sno-Isle Libraries

Learn about the SNAP program and early childhood resources

Sign up for a library card or check out a book

Soroptimists of South Whidbey



Sound Water Stewards

Empowering women and girls through education


Trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable marine environment through education, science, and stewardship

South Whidbey @ Home Member support services and aging resources
South Whidbey CARES Coalition Helping to reduce underage drinking and drug use through education/prevention
South Whidbey Hearts and Hammers


South Whidbey Historical Society

Neighbors helping neighbors since 1994.


Learn about the history of South Whidbey

South Whidbey Tilth Building a Better Food Future
Washington State Department of Agriculture



Washington State Parks



Working with farmers and ranchers, ensuring food safety and environmental protection


Learn about trails and beaches

Check out all the opportunities for youth within 4H

WSU CLCP Keeping Island County beaches clean
WSU Master Gardeners Engaging university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.
WSU Waste Wise Learn about Zero-Waste Washington and recycling
Whidbey Audubon Society We protect birds through education, outreach and research
Whidbey Camano Land Trust




Whidbey Camano Islands

Actively involve the community in protecting, restoring, and appreciating the important natural habitats

Learn about exciting things to see and do on the islands

Whidbey Community Foundation Connects people who care to causes that matter
Whidbey Health


Whidbey Health Foundation

Find out about power of attorneys and wills

Our mission is to improve the quality of life on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island Conservation District Promote natural resource stewardship and resilient ecosystems for present and future generations.
Whidbey Island Grown






Whidbey Island Holistic Health Association

Support a viable agricultural economy, to increase the production and sales of agricultural products on Whidbey Island and to build a resilient, healthy and sustainable community.


Inspiring wellness on the rock.

Whidbey Telecom


Whidbey Watershed Stewards

Serving Whidbey Island with internet and telephone

Linking water, land, wildlife and people through education, research and restoration.

map to Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall

Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall

18341 State Rt. 525, Freeland

loren helping out at Camano 101

Booths will be set up for experts to share their advice and to answer any questions you may have.

Whidbey 101 Sponsors

The mission of Island Transit is to provide safe, accessible, convenient, and friendly public transportation services that enhance our Island quality of life.

Sound Water Stewards are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable marine environment through education, science, and stewardship (our mission).

We are a community of like-minded people who care deeply for our natural environment, and enjoy learning together and socially with one another to celebrate what we have accomplished while continuing to learn how to be better stewards.

Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory body to county government established in 1999 and comprised of many community volunteers who represent diverse interests and industries, with the common goal to protect and restore marine resources in the Puget Sound area through scientific monitoring, restoration projects, and community education.

We inspire voluntary conservation practices for the benefit of present and future Whidbey Islanders.