Stuart Island Field Trip

Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:42 am by

Turn Point Lighthouse, Stuart Island

Spe­cial Free Boat Adven­ture for 9–12 Graders: Explor­ing Stu­art Island

July 19, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Leav­ing from Fri­day Har­bor (timed with the inter-island ferry)

Stu­dents in grades 9–12 are invit­ed to join Friends of the San Juans on this free, fun and infor­ma­tive boat trip (stu­dents enter­ing 9th grade in the fall are eli­gi­ble). Par­tic­i­pants will learn about how the San Juan Islands were formed, the area’s nat­ur­al his­to­ry, con­nec­tions between land and marine habi­tats, out­er island off-the-grid lifestyle, and cur­rent envi­ron­men­tal issues. Stu­dents will also col­lab­o­rate to cre­ate a short video about the voy­age to share through social media.

The trip will leave from Fri­day Har­bor at 9 a.m. and trav­el along the geo­log­i­cal­ly diverse shores to Stu­art Island, learn­ing about how the islands were formed, why they look the way they do, and how they are still chang­ing. Stu­dents will dis­em­bark for a hike to the Turn Point Light­house (5 miles RT) where they can wit­ness and learn about ship­ping traf­fic, strong cur­rents, and, with luck, orcas pass­ing by. Along the hike, stu­dents will learn about how peo­ple on Stu­art Island live off the grid using alter­na­tive sources of ener­gy. In Reid Har­bor, they will sam­ple a known spawn­ing beach for for­age fish eggs and learn about why this con­nec­tion between land and sea is crit­i­cal to the marine envi­ron­ment. The return trip will focus on the con­nec­tions between all that was seen and learned and plan­ning for the col­lab­o­ra­tive video.

The boat cap­tain, Greg Her­tel, is a retired sci­ence teacher and will pro­vide exper­tise on geol­o­gy and nat­ur­al his­to­ry. Friends’ Sci­ence Direc­tor, Tina Whit­man, will teach about for­age fish, salmon, and their con­nec­tion to the health of endan­gered orca. Friends’ Com­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment Direc­tor, Katie Flem­ing, will pro­vide infor­ma­tion on threats from increas­ing ship­ping traf­fic, orca whales and oth­er wildlife, and infor­ma­tion on alter­na­tive ener­gy options.

Reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is July 12.  Con­tact Katie at 360–378-2319 or to register.

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