San Juan Treasures: Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands by Boat and Boot II
|Program Series||Field Excursions|
|When||Sat May 17, 2014 08:00 AM to Sun May 18, 2014 05:00 PM|
|Where||San Juan Islands|
|Tuition Includes||hands-on instruction and all meals|
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Ahoy! Join us as we set sail on the Orion, a classic 1934 wooden sailboat, to explore the biological riches of some lesser-known San Juan Island treasures. This natural history voyage will focus on seabirds, marine mammals and island wildflowers, and participants will also have the chance to learn the art of sailing and navigation on a historic vessel.
We’ll depart from Anacortes and head first to Jones Island, where we’ll explore the beautiful forests and rocky shores of this 188-acre State Park, learning about madronas, tidelands, pelagic birds and other natural phenomenon of the area. After a day of sailing and island exploration, kick back by the campfire for an evening of stories and music with Captain Kevin Campion and an Institute Naturalist before retiring to our tents in the island campground. The next morning, we’ll sail for Yellow Island, a jewel of the San Juan archipelago. This tiny island, owned and stewarded by the Nature Conservancy and accessed only by special permission, has one of the most brilliant and diverse native wildflower displays in all of the Salish Sea. After a morning of botanizing with field lenses, flower keys and knowledgeable guides, we’ll again raise our sails and turn our attention back to the water to search for seabirds and marine mammals as we make our slow way back to Anacortes.
All meals are provided. Bring your own tent and camping equipment, or let us know if we can loan you gear.