The Skagit Valley College (SVC) Biology department is offering a unique summer excursion in the San Juans this summer. The course, Biology 205, Marine Ecology of the San Juan Islands: A Kayak Exploration (BIO 205) is open to the general public.
The trip, led by SVC Biology instructor Cliff Palmer, will take place from June 29 – July 11.
Sea kayaking is viewed by many as one of the most personal means of exploring the marine and near shore terrestrial environments. The slow pace and the direct contact with the surroundings offered by sea kayaking provide the paddler with views and perspectives unique to this method of travel.
During this 12-day (two days on land and 10 days on the water) field-based course, participants will explore and learn about the natural history the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Using the island chain as a classroom and laboratory, participants will address concepts in marine and island ecology through a combination of presentations, explorations, and hands on experiments.
Additional topics of study will include fauna and flora identification, tide and current prediction, navigation, and expedition sea-kayaking planning and execution. Participants will paddle throughout the San Juan Island group, setting up camps on different islands, participate in group cooking and trip experience.
This fee for the trip is $1,100 and includes kayaks, paddling equipment, camp fees (en route), and camp meals (en route).
For more information or to register, contact Cliff Palmer, (360) 416-7656 or email@example.com .