Coastal Ecology Weekend (Dune and Seaweed Ecology) CANCELLED

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Instructor: Marty Giles
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2020
Location: Meet in Charleston, OR
Tuition: $140
Seaweed Ecology or Dune Ecology separate registration: $70

Naturalist Certificate Credits: 16 hrs.



Cancelled due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned for future programming.

Discover the ever-changing dunes and the dynamic dunes processes while you experience the vibrant high drama of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (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. We’ll spend most of the day in one of the non-vehicle sections of the Oregon Dunes visiting its wild and natural side. 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. Total hiking mileage for both locations: 2.5 miles with some hiking up to a high dune but mostly flat sand walking.

On Sunday morning, we’ll visit a local Charleston beach at low tide to gather and examine some easily accessible seaweeds from the intertidal zone. Then we’ll learn to identify what we’ve collected by species and further explore seaweed roles in the marine ecosystem. Back on dry land, we’ll discuss ethnobotanical uses and cooking with regional wild seaweeds and will try our hand at using seaweed in fun and creative art. Students will need to be mobile on wet, seaweed-covered rocks on shore for this excursion.