San Juan Treasures: Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands by Boat and Boot II

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/ Yellow & Jones Island
Class Tuition $395.00
Tuition Includes hands-on instruction and all meals
Clock hours 12.0
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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.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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