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The mission of the education program is to foster the preservation of Samish culture and traditions and instill a desire for lifelong learning in all Samish tribal members.

The education program also hopes to strengthen Samish support in local communities through partnerships and teaching and learning opportunities.

Stay tuned the the Education Program Blog posts below to stay up to date on opportunities and emergent issues.

  • How to Make Nettle Soup

    Denise CroweApr 30, 2021, 12:29 PM

      Basket full of nettles and spring greens for making soup

    Nettles emerge each year in the Month of Blossoming, Pexsiseng, or March. They continue to grow through season. When gathering, make sure the area has not been sprayed and is away from roads or other harmful influences. Be sure to ask permission from the nettles and make your offering in gratitude if permission is given. Nettles will sting you with their tiny hollow hairs that are filled with formic acid. This may be viewed as part of their medicine. You can prepare with long sleeves, gloves, and tools that help your skin keep distance. I prefer kitchen scissors and a basket. They are most tender when young but you can harvest leaves or new branches throughout the season. it is best to only harvest the top half or third of the plant, so lower branches can continue to grow. Once picked, the hairs will wilt and over time they lose their stinging power. They are delicious boiled and steeped as tea or chopped and used in place of spinach in any cooked recipe. Blended with hazelnuts and favorite herbs they make a wonderful pesto. These are all good, yet my favorite first recipe every year in Pexsiseng is nettle soup.



    ¼ cup olive oil or butter

    Freshly rinsed and harvested nettle shoots (about a colander full)

    4 cloves garlic, crushed

    2 stalks celery or tender shoots of Lovage, chopped

    4 medium size carrots, cut to coins

    A few potatoes quartered or a cup or two of cooked rice

    1-2 quarts of favorite broth

    Salt and Pepper to taste


    Optional additions:


    Sauteed mushrooms

    Other root vegetables or peas

    Favorite herbs, Bay leaf

    Onion or chives

    Heavy cream


    Use a non-reactive baked enamel or stainless steel cooking pot and wooden spoon. Sautee’ garlic in oil or butter until fragrant. Add celery, lovage, nettles and optional herbs. Stir until wilted. Add carrots and potatoes and broth or water until all is covered. Raise temperature and bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes to a half hour. Remove from heat. If you prefer a chunky soup, be sure to prepare all of the veggies and nettles for bite size before putting in the pot. I prefer this soup smooth. Once cooled enough, I blend the soup in batches and return to the pot. This is also when I add cream or plain yogurt and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl with sour cream, fresh herbs, wild violets, or and any other spring delicacy. Enjoy!

    Spring nettle soup
  • Youth Programs Contact List

    Denise CroweApr 30, 2021, 11:51 AM
    While many Samish youth have joined their families in cultural classes in this time of the pandemic, we are working to provide more online activities just for youth. If you know of anyone interested, please let us know your contact information so we can let you know of any special activities or plans. Contact Us
  • Calling All Samish Graduates!

    Denise CroweApr 30, 2021, 11:37 AM

    Seeking Samish 2021 Graduates! If you or someone you know is going to be graduating from High School or College this year, please let us know! We would love to honor them in a virtual ceremony during the annual membership meeting in June. Please send us a photo with their name, school, degrees or honors, interests, any future plans, mailing address, and contact information.

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Organization and Chat

Group to get together and discuss organization tips and tricks and other life events.

Dates: 13 Jan, 2021

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One full hour led by a certified yoga instructor to get you up, moving, and connecting breath and body. Recommended for class: yoga mat or towel that won't slip, strap/neck tie/long sock, yoga block/stack of small books that won't fall over/small box that won't collapse.

Dates: 09 Apr, 2021

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Tea Mixology

Dates: 17 – 17 Aug, 2021

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Tea Mixology

Dates: 19 – 19 Aug, 2021

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Cattail Weaving

Dates: 31 – 31 Aug, 2021

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Cattail Weaving

Dates: 02 – 02 Sep, 2021

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Samish Elders Virtual Fall Gathering

Samish Elders Virtual Fall Gathering

Dates: 10 – 10 Sep, 2021

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Fall Cultural Gathering

Dates: 18 – 18 Sep, 2021

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