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Four-Seasons Gardening


with Peter Heffelfinger

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

More specifically – “Four-season organic gardening in the maritime pacific northwest”. An introduction to home gardening techniques for producing fresh vegetables year-round. Crops to be discussed include: tomatoes, peppers, overwintering brassicas, gourmet greens, Oriental varieties, leeks, onions, garlic, as well as winter cover crops. Planting schedules, crop rotations, row covers and grow tunnels, raised beds, soil preparation, plus storage and harvesting tips, as well as a few select recipes.   (3 weeks: 11/1, 8, 15)

Instructor: Peter Heffelfinger. Peter has gardened on Fidalgo Island and the Samish Flats for over 35 years. He has given talks at the WSU Extension, Skagit Men’s Garden Club, Fidalgo Transition Eat-Your-Yard series, and the Skyline Women’s Garden Club. He is currently a garden columnist for Whatcom Watch monthly and Fidalgo Living magazine. He has taken many classes at the Senior College and is glad now to give us some of his acquired knowledge!

Full Course

History of Skagit Railroads & Logging


with Eric Erickson

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

A vast collection of old photos, maps, travel logs, and descriptions of the Anacortes railroad enterprise that extended 38 miles inland to Rockport. Included will be pictures and descriptions of early locomotives, route maps, and logs of times and costs before the automotive age. (3 weeks: 11/1, 8, 15)

We will also delve into the beginnings and development of logging in the Puget Sound area, especially the methods of transporting logs by railway, rivers, and ocean rafting – from steam locomotives and livestock to tugs and trucks.

Instructor: Eric Erickson.  Eric is the author of more than eight logging and sawmill history books and has had 30 years of extensive railroad travel in northwestern America. The retired Manager of Engineering Services for the Seattle Water Dept, he serves as a board member of several history organizations and museums, and has presented countless interactive slide shows on logging, sawmilling, and railroad histories in northwestern Washington.

Full Course

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.

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