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Anacortes Senior College

Our Classes

Microorganisms of the Salish Sea


with Susan Wood

Calendar Nov 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Though we all love the colorful sea stars and frolicking otters, it’s the tiny world below that keeps our Salish Sea ticking. Learn about the hidden majesty of life that flourishes in our local waters and beyond. In this class, we will explore the secret world of plankton and look at how these microscopic organisms play vital roles in ecosystems of the Salish Sea. (3 weeks: 11/1, 8, 15) 

All classes will be held at the Breazeale Interpretive Center, just north of Bayview. From stoplight on Hiway 20 (at the Farmhouse Restaurant) take the Bayview Road north 5 miles; just past the State Park.

Instructors: Chandler Colahan & Susan Wood.  Chandler is the Education Specialist at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mt. Vernon, WA. She has a B.A. in Ocean Science from Western Washington University and has taught environmental science in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 20 years. When not exploring the mudflats with students, you can often find Chandler exploring the waters of the Salish Sea looking for wildlife. Susan Wood is the Education Coordinator at the Padilla Bay Research Reserve, where she’s been teaching people of all ages about estuaries since 1988. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Med in Environmental Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She lives near Lake Erie on Fidalgo Island.

Our Amazing Constitution


with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Oct 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

An introduction to the unique governmental system created by the U.S. Constitution of 1787. We will explore the principles and operation of the separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and representative democracy—all original experiments at the time! We will also examine how and why it has been modified over the last two centuries, and the political crises we face today. This is the basic civics class that should be familiar to all American students, but which will be far more understandable and relevant to those who have lived under its umbrella for many decades. Current events and class discussions included. Pocket Constitutions will be supplied.

Instructor: Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.  Michael holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Dep’t of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 15 years.

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The Archeology of Jordan -- Petra


with Douglas Clark, PhD

Calendar Oct 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Made famous by Indiana Jones and one of the seven wonders of the world, the archeological site of Petra, Jordan, has long been shrouded in mystery and has drawn visitors from around the world to its sandstone cliffs and monumental architecture. It is rich in archeological and cultural remains from the Stone Age through modern times. Our class will cover Petra from the Stone Age through the Iron Ages, Nabataean and Roman times, and from the Byzantine Period to today. (3 weeks: 10/9, 16, 23)

Instructor: Douglas Clark, Ph.D.  Dr. Clark, retired on the Olympic Peninsula from a life-time career in university education, continues as Director of the Center for Near Eastern Archeology at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, as well as Director of the Madaba Plains Project excavations at Tall al-Umayri, Jordan. He completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University. He has authored and co-edited eleven volumes and over 180 articles, and made more than 185 presentations worldwide.

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