Explore the Shore with WSU! — Learn about our coastal landscape

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Explore the Shore! — Learn about our coastal landscape

through Washington State University Jefferson County Extention


What is that strange thing you found on the beach last week? Do sand fleas (beach hoppers) bite? Why is your favorite clamming beach closed in the summer?!!


Learn all about local coastal landscapes in the 2017 Beach Naturalist Course offered this spring by Jefferson County WSU Extension. Registration is now open and closes March 10, 2017. Classes will be held on Thursdays, March 23 to April 27th from 9 am to 4 pm.  This lively class is designed for anyone interested in shorelines, marine life and natural history.  Class and field trip locations include Port Townsend, Discovery Bay, Quilcene and Port Hadlock.


Students learn about intertidal habitats, coastal geology, kelp, plankton, oceanography and much more in this 6-week class. Each session includes classroom lectures by regional experts and field trips to explore new and familiar beaches with fresh perspectives.


Participants are expected to volunteer 40 hours for local marine-related programs over the next year. “ Students discover how much fun volunteering can be,” says Cheryl Lowe, Program Coordinator.  “They love getting out on the beach or near the water helping local conservation organizations with citizen science monitoring projects like counting salmon or Olympia oysters; planting trees to restore habitat and helping with public education events.”


Registration closes on March 10th. Space is limited. Cost is $150. Some scholarships are available.


See http://ext100.wsu.edu/jefferson/nrs/beachwatchers/ for more info and registration information. Or contact Cheryl Lowe (360-379-5610 x 230 or Cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu).

Contact:  Cheryl Lowe, WSU Ext. Water Programs Coordinator, Cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu, 360-379-5610 x 230, cell 360-320-4113


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