MW-NHA Anchor Organizations

Anchor Organizations are groups from across the region that are helping us spread the word about the Maritime Washington NHA and the many opportunities to get involved in the visioning process. We thank these organizations for their contributions to the NHA’s outreach and communications efforts. If your group would like to get involved as an Anchor Organization, please contact us! We’re always grateful for additional partners to better ensure that everyone has the chance to participate in charting a course for the Maritime Washington NHA.

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism is an independent, 501 (c) (6) nonprofit, economic development organization whose purpose is to improve the economy by marketing Bellingham Whatcom County as a premier, year-round visitor, sports, outdoor recreation, arts and cultural, and meetings destination, which supports all travel, tourism, and hospitality businesses and nonprofits in Whatcom County.  

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The Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County, with over 135 members, works collaboratively to promote the vitality and economic viability of our working waterfronts for all. With an all-volunteer board and several working committees, we are proud of the traction and credibility we have gained since our launch in 2015 in advocating and promoting the economic engine that our waterfronts provide. We look forward to continued efforts to sustain and enhance our maritime sector. 

The Center for Wooden Boats promotes northwest maritime heritage through education, interpretation, and hands-on experience in building, maintaining and using historic small craft.  With locations in Seattle and Camano Island, CWB offers a host of ways for the public to accesses the water with vessels built and maintained on site.

Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is proud to be an official Washington State Main Street Community.  Our mission is to strengthen, promote and maintain our successful historic downtown district.  Situated on Whidbey Island at Penn Cove on Saratoga Passage, Coupeville was founded over 150 years ago and is one of the oldest towns in Washington.  Downtowns are the heart of their community and communities are only as strong as their core.  With support, we continue to emphasize the hometown atmosphere and charm of our Pacific Northwest seaside community.

Foss Waterway Seaport is housed in the historic Balfour Dock Building on the Thea Foss Waterway. The building houses historic maritime exhibits, including hands-on activities for children; an operating Heritage Boat Shop; an education center highlighting marine and environmental science inquiry and exploration; and high-end event rental spaces for public and private events. In addition, there are over 1200 feet of docks and floats for educational and recreational use.

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, founded in 2008 and a nationally accredited Main Street organization since 2012, supports the charming, historic commercial district of Gig Harbor, WA, a small waterfront town with a population of nearly 10,000. With a mission to “Bring Together Community Stakeholders, Encourage Economic Vitality, and Preserve Our Historic Character,” the Downtown Waterfront Alliance works tirelessly to support and promote our 100+ downtown businesses that hug our beautiful, protected harbor.

The Harbor History Museum is located on the waterfront in Gig Harbor, Washington. Home to the 65-foot wooden purse seiner FV Shenandoah, Thunderbird Hull #1, and the Midway Schoolhouse, the museum is dedicated to preserving our regional history through collections care and public education. The museum is operated by the Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society, founded in 1964. The Harbor History Museum opened in 2010, with its new maritime gallery scheduled for completion in 2025—just in time for the Shenandoah’s 100th birthday.  

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), located in Seattle’s Lake Union Park, is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse heritage of the central Puget Sound region, and includes an extensive collection of maritime history.

The mission of the Northwest Maritime Center is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery. We’re many things, and at our core we are a campus that uses powerful maritime experiences to educate, inspire people to adventure, and celebrate our maritime culture. We do it for our own love of boats, in service to the local community and maritime industry, but mostly because regardless of the subject, the sea is the most powerful teacher we know.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a federally managed marine protected area including 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline. The sanctuary extends 25 to 50 miles seaward, covering much of the continental shelf and several major submarine canyons. The sanctuary protects a productive upwelling zone – home to marine mammals and seabirds. Along its shores are thriving kelp and intertidal communities, teeming with fishes and other sea life. In addition to important ecological resources, the sanctuary has a rich cultural and historical legacy of discovery, fishing, and maritime transportation. Over two hundred shipwrecks are documented here. Over a much longer period of time, the vibrant contemporary communities of the Makah Tribe, Quileute Tribe, Hoh Tribe, and Quinault Indian Nation have forged inseparable ties to the ocean environment, maintaining traditions of the past while they navigate the challenges of the present.

The mission of the Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW) is to represent the interests of Northwest boaters effectively and serve as the voice for recreational boaters. RBAW represents the nearly 240,000 registered recreational boaters in the State of Washington through both individual memberships (now about 1300) and the membership of over 50 supporting boating clubs in the State (now about 8000 club members) and is the only organization representing recreational boaters in the State. RBAW is run by boaters just like you. Our officers, board and committees are all staffed by boating volunteers, nominated and elected by members.

The Youth Marine Foundation (YMF) is a maritime educational organization whose mission is committed to getting youth on the water, promoting environmental stewardship and providing job skills for future employment. YMF is a recognized 501(c)3 that operates the Tacoma Youth Marine Center on the Foss Waterway. The Youth Marine Center supports youth education, skill and character development with a variety of programs through partnerships with organizations including Sea Scouts, Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks Tacoma and local universities and colleges. The most robust partner, Tacoma Sea Scouts, offer co-ed year-round training and have been in continual operation since 1924.

The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) is the destination marketing organization for Washington State. Its mission is to competitively market the state, to visitors around the world. Located in America’s great Northwest, Washington State is known for its natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreation, national parks, unique islands, two mountain ranges and temperate rain forests. A food-lover’s mecca, Washington State offers more than a thousand wineries, hand-crafted beer and cider, apples, wild salmon. From Seattle’s Space Needle to Mt. Rainier, ocean beaches to renowned wine regions, few destinations offer the variety of experiences found in Washington State.

A special thank you to the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State of Washington for their support of the development of a management plan for the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area.