San Juan Treasures 2: Exploring Sucia Island by Boat and Boot

San Juan Treasures 2: Exploring Sucia Island by Boat and Boot

San Juan Treasures 2: Exploring Sucia Island by Boat and Boot

Event Details

When
Sep 15, 2018 10:00 AM to
Sep 16, 2018 05:00 PM
Where
Sucia Island
Instructor
Class Tuition
$395.00
Tuition Includes
Voyage aboard the Orion, five meals and natural history interpretation
Clock hours
12.0
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Join Institute naturalists and the crew of the Orion -- a classic, beautifully-restored 1934 wooden sailboat -- to explore the biological riches of Sucia Island, a lesser-known San Juan Island treasure. This natural history voyage will focus on sailing, sea birds, history and significance of the Salish Sea . Participants will also have the chance to learn the art of sailing and navigation on a historic vessel.

San Juan Treasures 2: Exploring Sucia Island by Boat and Boot

Sucia Island State Park lies on the northern edge of the San Juan Island archipelago in sight of Mt. Baker, Lummi and Orcas islands and British Columbia. This unforgettable State Park hosts fascinating geology including five different terranes of Mesozoic and Paleozoic age. These terranes originated from all corners of the planet, and through plate tectonic processes, rafted together to create the San Juan and Gulf Islands. On Sucia, we can observe evidence of repeated glacial periods that covered the islands by ice up to a mile thick, and brought a diverse sample of rock types from western Canada. The island also gives evidence to early inhabitants arriving here as early as the Pleistocene including the megafauna that once roamed the hills and valleys.

While traveling to the island, we’ll search for marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, orcas and humpback whales. The Salish Sea is home to a variety of birds as well.

Hop aboard for an unforgettable natural history cruise in the glorious waning days of summer!