Rivers, Forests, and Shorelines of the Salish Sea Region
What: This no-cost course combines classroom learning with field trips to enrich understanding of the key roles that native plants play in our forests, rivers, shorelines, and other vital habitats, and shows how to use this knowledge to help protect and restore these habitats. The course provides 30 hours of learning including identification of important native and invasive plants, key wildlife-habitat relationships, restoration skills, and other topics. Home study of selected readings and videos supports classroom topics. In return, participants agree to provide 30 hours of service to local conservation and restoration projects within 18 months of completing the course.
Benefits: This program is part of the WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program. Participants who complete the training will be recognized as a WNPS Native Plant Steward and will have the opportunity to become a Park Steward with the Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program.
When: This 6-week program meets in and around Bellingham
Classes: Sept 14-Oct 19, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Thursdays)
Field trips: Saturday Sept 23, Sept 30, and Oct 14
Instructor: T. Abe Lloyd is a Senior Instructor at WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment and long-time WNPS member. He grew up in Whatcom County and has been studying the region’s flora and fauna for nearly 30 years.
Cost: There is no tuition, but participants must be members of the Washington Native Plant Society. Cost for membership starts at $20. It’s easy to join! Visit http://www.wnps.org/join.html.
Anyone can apply! Applications Due September 1st. If you need a paper application or have questions, please Contact Abe at arcadianabe[at]yahoo[dot]com.
Hosted by the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and The City of Bellingham, in partnership with other local conservation organizations.