Fruit Tree Classes

All three classes will be held at the Pacific Rim Institute
180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239

To register for the fruit tree classes, please call (360) 678-5586 or email holly@pacificrimins


General logistic questions can be directed to the Pacific Rim Institute
(360) 678-5586

Questions regarding course content can be directed to the instructor:
Dan Vorhis   (360) 632-7630

Class 1: Fruit Tree Selection and Care

(Class 1 has ended, please see Class 2)

Class 2: Fruit Tree and Vine Pruning and Training

(Class 2 has ended, please see Class 3)

Class 3: Whidbey Island Fruit Tree Grafting Day
Saturday, February 14 10:00am - 4:00pm
This event is FREE, but you must RSVP to (360) 678-5586 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hands-on grafting (primarily apples). You will learn how to graft.  We'll have a nice selection of uncommon apple scion wood and rootstocks.  If you would like to create and take home your own, custom grafted fruit tree, there is a modest charge.

Note: Bring any grafting equipment and supplies you may have and one-galldon containers or plastic bags.  We will have plenty of damp sawdust. Bring your own lunch.



Plant For The Planet - Whidbey Island Academy - Youth Event

March 28, 2015
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Pacific Rim Institute: 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239

At the Academy, students learn climate justice & science, how to plant a tree, how to give a climate presentation, and make plans with the other ambassadors to engage the community on climate solutions.

Parents are invited to come celebrate the end of the day with a graduation program led by the new Ambassadors for Climate Justice. Learn more, watch "Now We Children Save the World" on youtube.

This event is open to students Ages 8 - 14 and it includes free lunch, dinner and a t-shirt.

To register for this event, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aaba723ab9-whidbey1

Prairie Open House - May 7 - 9, 2015

In addition to our daily naturalist tours of the prairie, we will have several special events during the open house. Keep your eye out for announcements about special tours, a wine tasting and other events.






Whidbey Raptor Day - September 19, 2015

Join us for our 6th annual Whidbey Raptor Day, where guests can get up close and personal with hunters of the air.  The specific time for the event will be announced at a later date.







Ongoing Events:

Prairie Tours with CEO Robert K. Pelant

Cabin fever? Relatives staying or coming for a bit too long? Why not push the spring envelope and get a jump start on your walking and touring of one of Whidbey Island's most unusual sites?

You owe it to yourself - AND your relatives! Come out to the Pacific Rim Institute's 175 acres of prairie and forest for a guided tour of our prairie restoration and research (endangered species, rare native plants, and more).

Why? It is good to know more about the place in which we live!

What? One hour healthful tour of our main prairie and forest sites.

When? Every first and third Thursday at 5:30 PM

Who? Pacific Rim Institute's CEO, Robert K. Pelant, will lead the tours, sharing details about why PRI exists, our current programs and what we are planning for the future.

Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship / Au Sable Institute
Former WA State Game Farm

180 Parker RD, Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 678-5586