How It Works

Let’s take the future into our own hands

What’s a wayfinder? Long before GPS could tell your grandparents the fastest route to the store, adventurous travelers called Wayfinders looked to the stars to navigate the land and sea. Wayfinder Society is a place to venture together into the uncharted future where plastic pollution is unthinkable.

How to Participate

Sign up here to join Wayfinder Society and start completing your first Waymark. You can also check out our FAQs at the bottom of this page.

On Your Waymark, Get Set, Go

A Waymark is a sign, post, or flag placed on a trail by those who came before, to guide travelers who follow. Our Waymarks are activities we’ve designed to show you our idea of how to bring about a world free of plastic pollution.

Waymarks are broken up into four difficulty levels: Stargazer, Adventurer, Visionary and Legend. You can also sort them by type and by our partners in the movement to help you strengthen and build new skills and your network.

Set Out to Make a Difference

The journey you take is unique to you. The Wayfinder Society is designed to give you everything you need to be successful. By signing up you’ll be able to:

  • Earn points (i.e. Cairns) and rad rewards 
  • Train your mind to navigate new ideas and solutions
  • Gain experience taking action in your community
  • Get support from our team, your peers, and our partners in the plastic pollution movement
  • Build your resume and apply for the Stay Stoked Award

Track Your Success With Cairns

Cairns are stones that are stacked high along trails to mark the way. In Wayfinder Society, they mark your accomplishments and show others where you’ve been on your journey. When you complete a Waymark, you’ll earn Cairns, which you can continue collecting to move up the ranks in Wayfinder Society.

Changing the world is gonna be fun!

Here’s the game plan: You’re going to flex your creativity, use your intellect, and make your voice be heard. By taking one step at a time and celebrating our successes and our community, we’ll be unstoppable.

Some advice to get started. There’s no one way to solve plastic pollution. Find the Waymarks that are fun for you, or that inspire you, and do them first. Move at your own pace, and challenge yourself when you’re ready. Changing the world doesn’t happen overnight. We’re in it for the long haul and having fun to stay stoked! Keeping yourself healthy, and managing stress, is a critical skill these days. Get your friends to join Wayfinder with you and keep building your support team. Let us know how we can help! 

We’re in this together – and there are a lot of us! Let’s get going!

FAQs

Where do I start?

We recommend starting by checking out the Waymarks.  Another good place to start is our Plastics 101 page.

How do I earn Cairns?
Here is how you earn Cairns.

  1. Visit the Waymarks page
  2. Choose a Waymark
  3. Read the content and all of it’s associated content (like videos)
  4. Find the section at the end of the Waymark titled “Track”
  5. Complete the quiz, or submit the required materials
  6. For most lessons your submissions will need to be reviewed and approved before you earn your Cairns
How do I know how many Cairns I have earned?
Head on over to your profile. You can always find this link in the top right of your screen under “My Profile”, or toward the bottom of the menu if you are on a mobile device. Check out the “All Achievements” section under the Members tab to discover more ways to earn Cairns.
Are rewards and prizes available for members outside of the United States?

Throughout your Wayfinder journey you will have many opportunities to earn special awards and prizes.  Currently all awards and prizes offered through Wayfinder Society are available for Wayfinder that reside in the United States, except certificates of participation.

How do I edit my profile or delete my account?
Here is where you edit your profile. You can always find this link in the top right of your screen under “My Profile” > “Edit”, or toward the bottom of the menu if you are on a mobile device. This is the same menu where you will find your account.
What if I have more questions?

Shoot us an email if you can’t find the answer to your question here on the How It Works page, on the Member Home Page or under Plastics 101.

I am not getting my Wayfinder Society emails.
First, make sure that your email address is correct in your account. Also, make sure to add wayfinder@algalita.org to your address book. Sometimes you may also find our messages in your spam folder.
What if I'm too old for Wayfinder Society?

Wayfinder Society is designed for ages 11-18. If you’re over 18, or getting close to applying for college or getting into a career, head over to our Students page to find out about our Experienceship Program and our College and Career Prep Portal (coming soon!).

“The most powerful testimony always comes from the voice of youth”

– Stiv Wilson

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