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Coastal Ecology Weekend (Dune and Seaweed Ecology)

June 6 - June 7



Discover the ever-changing processes of the dunes formation and changes while you experience the vibrant high drama of the Oregon Dunes (permitted by the ODNRA, Siuslaw National Forest, USFS). We will travel by van from a central meeting point to our two hike locations. This easy day reveals the whole range of dune environments, from beach to forest. Along the way, students learn about the physics of sand as well as the diverse plant and animal communities and the challenges of sand-living. On Sunday morning, we’ll visit a local Charleston beach at low tide to gather and examine some easily accessible seaweeds from the rocky intertidal zone. Then we’ll learn to identify what we’ve collected by species and further explore seaweed roles in the marine ecosystem.