New Beach Watchers!
This is one of the more successful marine education programs around – here’s more from Shann:
The fourth class of San Juan County/WSU Beach Watchers (click here for the Big Picture) graduated May 21 after attending 100 hours of classroom training and field experience about the San Juan County marine and watershed environment. Extension Director Tom Schultz and Program Coordinator Shann Weston addressed the graduating class and handed out Graduation Certificates to the new WSU Beach Watcher Volunteers.
Says Weston, “Beach Watchers is so much more than the name implies. It goes beyond the beach to the whole watershed. Many island instructors have contributed to make this experience informative and valuable as the volunteers went to sites on three islands. Now the new class of Beach Watchers will join the other classes to give back to the community with 100 and more service hours in assistance to scientists, community outreach and stewardship.”
The new 2009 class of Beach Watchers included 9 members from Orcas Island, 2 from Lopez and 10 from San Juan Island.
From Orcas Island: David Schermerhorn, Sheldon Gregory, Margot Shaw, Bruce Hall, Barbara Bentley, Kim Secunda, James Lobdel, Marcia Spees, Nancy Alboucq
From San Juan Island: Cynthia Hubbard, Karen Kuster, Geneva Mottet, Zach Chan, Christine Chan, Skip Kimble, Ann Jarrell, Don Jarrell, Linda Thompson, Andrea Wieland
From Lopez Island: Susan Muckle, Charlie Behnke