Spanning 3,000 miles of Washington State’s saltwater shoreline, the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area (NHA) recognizes our state’s unique and diverse maritime culture. This new designation supports our coastal communities in celebrating, maintaining, and sharing their water-based stories.
Now, we’re working with local organizations and residents to chart a course for the heritage area. Check out opportunities to help determine the future of the Maritime Washington NHA below, including:
- Virtual public workshops
- An interactive map where you can identify your favorite maritime sites
- A survey on Washington’s maritime heritage
Regional Public Workshops
Join us for a collaborative discussion about the future of your county’s saltwater shores and how the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area can support local priorities. During a series of county-based virtual workshops, we’ll provide a quick introduction to the heritage area and then ask you about how this new program can help serve the needs of your community. Come prepared to speak up through polls, small group discussions, and other interactive activities!
Each workshop will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm via Zoom and pre-registration is required. The first 30 minutes of the workshop (5:00-5:30 pm) will be dedicated to a quick introductory presentation about the Maritime Washington NHA. If you’re already familiar with the heritage area project—or would prefer to watch a pre-recorded version in advance—please feel free to join us at 5:30 pm for the interactive workshop portion of the evening.
Public workshop schedule and links to register:
- April 15, Thursday: Kitsap & Mason Counties. Click here to register.
- April 20, Tuesday: Whatcom & Skagit Counties. Click here to register.
- April 27, Tuesday: Jefferson, Clallam, & Grays Harbor Counties. Click here to register.
- April 29, Thursday: Pierce & Thurston Counties. Click here to register.
- May 4, Tuesday: King & Snohomish Counties. Click here to register.
- May 6, Thursday: Island & San Juan Counties. Click here to register.
Workshops will focus on regional needs, priorities, and goals, so we encourage you to sign up for the session that includes your own county. However, if you are unable to attend the workshop for your area, you are welcome to sign up for an alternative.
Help map Washington’s maritime heritage! Identify the maritime places you value along our saltwater shorelines using a new virtual map. You can pin sites and resources, add photos, share stories, and more to help create a plan for the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area. By hearing from you about which maritime resources are important to our coastal communities, we’ll be better able to craft a heritage area that supports, protects, and shares the stories of these places. Join in by adding your own favorite sites and stories—and exploring those submitted by others:
Need a little more guidance on how to use this map? Click here for more detailed instructions!
Maritime Washington Survey
The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area is launching soon—and we want your help charting the course ahead! Fill out this short survey to let us know what you value about Washington’s maritime heritage, share your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing our coastal communities, and lay out your vision for how to best support maritime stories and resources in our state. By helping us determine how the heritage area can be most valuable to your community, your input will help shape what the Maritime Washington NHA will look like and how it will function.