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Thursday afternoon classes
Anacortes Parks & Recreation–It takes a Community
with Gary Robinson
Learn about the history and details of our Anacortes Community Forestland, Washington Park, Causland Park, and our entire park system in this three-part class that will also spend some time on current events and all the exciting things going on in Parks & Recreation. (3 wks: 10/11,18,25)
Contributors: Gary Robinson, Bob Vaux, Jonn Lunsford, Bret Lunsford
Gary has a degree in Leisure Services from Central Washington University. He has worked for the City of Anacortes for over 33 years and is now Director of Parks & Rec. Bob Vaux has worked for the city and county for nearly 30 years in multiple jobs, now as manager of Washington Park. Jonn, a native Anacortesan, is the Parks and Forestlands manager. Bret is our local historian who is the Director of the Anacortes Museum.
Charismatic Megafauna of the Salish Sea
with Bob Weathers
This course seeks to improve students’ abilities to identify the larger and more iconic species of marine invertebrates, fishes, and – especially – mammals inhabiting local waters. Inclusion of interesting characteristics of life histories should also increase appreciation and conservation of these animals. (3 weeks: 10/11, 18, 25)
Instructor: Bob Weathers. Although Dr. Bob Weathers’ formal training and professional career focused primarily on applied human biology, 55-plus years of scuba diving indicates a strong interest in things under the water. He was an active SCUBA instructor for 40 years and served as University Diving Officer during his 32 years as a professor of Exercise Science at Seattle Pacific University. Since retiring and moving to Anacortes in 2010, he has spent much of his time “pretending to be a marine biologist” in a variety of volunteer capacities and obtained marine naturalist certification from the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor.
with Peter Heffelfinger
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!
History of Skagit Railroads & Logging
with Eric Erickson
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.
Microorganisms of the Salish Sea
with Susan Wood
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.
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.