Barnacles and Bees

A nonprofit organization

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$2,500 Goal

More Green, Less Screen. (Children & Nature Network)

Barnacles & Bees is an organization supporting children and families through immersive nature-based experiences.  Free monthly community programs and early childhood through grade school age weekly nature immersion programs Kitsap and Mason Counties.  

We believe that nature makes kids happier, healthier and smarter.  Your donation will provide access to Barnacles & Bees programs for children and families ages 0-12 and help bring childhood back outside!

Bringing Children & Families Back to Nature.

The magic of being outdoors has always been a cornerstone of childhood in the Pacific Northwest. If you ask any long-time resident of our region – you will often find that a forest creek, a driftwood beach, or a neighborhood wood is at the center of their memory. A childhood outdoors was freedom and friends and coming home at dinner time.

Unfortunately, for children today, these are not the memories of childhood. In today’s culture, untethered access to beaches and forest creeks are being re-routed toward video games and social media. And the rise of childhood ailments like obesity, attention-deficit disorder, depression and anxiety are leading to a culture of medicated youth. Barnacles & Bees was founded to reconnect children and families in our community to nature, and combat what has now been dubbed “Nature-Deficit Disorder.”

Barnacles and bees was founded to change this. Our goal is to cultivate leaders and creative thinkers, playful families and connected communities. Learning through observation and immersion in nature is at the heart of our organization, our programs, and our values.



  • The average American child spends only 10 minutes per day outside
  • The rise of childhood obesity and developmental disorders are at critical highs
  • The rise of digital media and gaming are at all-time highs - especially in the wake of COVID

Our programming is designed to get kids back outside: to play hard, be curious, build confidence and friendships and discover their creative passions.  An average child in our program spends 6x more time outside learning and growing with nature as their guide. 


Our mission is to build an inclusive learning community that fosters a rich connection with nature, inspires confidence and creativity, and leads to the development of curious leaders, connected to each other and the planet that we share.


* Funding to support free community events like monthly Family Nature Play Classes.

* Support a child attending one of our programs, donations support our scholarship funding.

* Expansion of diverse nature books and exploration kits.

* Enrichment for our educators through funding for conferences and training.

Organization Data


Organization name

Barnacles and Bees

Tax id (EIN)


Geography Served

Bremerton, North Mason, Port Orchard/South Kitsap, Silverdale/Central Kitsap

Annual Revenue

$100,000 - $499,999

BIPOC Leadership

Board Members

BIPOC Serving

African American/Black, Asian or Asian American, Hispanic, Latino or Latinx, Native American or American Indian, Multiracial


Education, Environment, Youth Development


258 4TH ST


206 866 5147

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