This meetup is being cross-posted to our North Sound Meetup Group and website, and has 4 of 20 spaces still available as of Thursday 4/4. See below for cost options.
Join instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm for a wonderful day during one of the lowest tides of late spring on the shores of Deception Pass where geography, fauna and flora meet in dramatic form, providing a wild edible smorgasbord for the ages. Did you know that all seaweeds are edible in our region, but that certain ones are better and more nutritious than others? Did you know that each species of clam and shellfish leave distinct markers in the sand and gravel so that you can know what you'll find before you dig them up? And did you know that the shores of Deception Pass provide what is perhaps the most diverse set of wild edible and medicinal plants in northwest?Join us for a great day of hands-on discovery at Deception Pass State Park - Cornet Bay Shelter near Anacortes, WA.
Space is Available! Call with a Credit Card, Send A Check, or Use PayPal to Register for this workshop running 10:00-4:00 at Deception Pass - Cornet Bay Shelter.
• $65 general.
• $55 for a second friend/family member.
• $45 for a third friend/family member.
• $35 per additional friend/family member.
• $25 if you have attended this workshop with us in the past, or covered this subject at one of our camps/expeditions, and wish to work on these skills with us again today.
Extra Cost: Please note that if you would like to gather seaweeds and shellfish today, you will need a Washington State Shellfish & Seaweeds License. Cost is $14.30 (or $8.30 youth 15 and under) for an annual resident license, or $18.15 ($9.30 youth) for a one-day non-resident combo license. Be sure to purchase in advance at Fred Meyer or https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/
Extra Cost: Also, a parking pass is required at all state parks. Cost is $35 for an annual pass available at Fred Meyer or https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/license/select or $10 for one day if you show up without an annual pass!
10:00 AM Sharp Start
Please arrive early and gather together under the Rosario Point Shelter for a super punctual start, as we have much to do today! We'll begin with an intensive overview of the seaweeds, shellfish and shore plants we'll be experiencing today (see left) that will be designed to make learning easy and understandable. We'll also show you the best field guides in order to help you remember all you learn.
11:00 Low Tide of -1.00'
We plant to drive 10 minutes to our special harvesting beach (where we can gather outside of the park) in time to arrive during the lowest point in the tide. We will demonstrate how to harvest each seaweed and clam species that we come across, as we start putting together a perfect amount of food for a group lunch.
12:00 Seaweeds Galore
We will spend the noon hour in free-form, where you will have the chance to dig clams and gather seaweeds, or relax with instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm as we prepare our group lunch of clam chowder and nori rolls.
1:00 Clam Chowder Lunch
Before eating our fresh clam chowder, we will also show you how important it is to dry seaweeds carefully, making sure they are preserved well. Then during lunch, we will focus on our resource guides and compare them to surrounding plants trees, shrubs, monocot and dicot wildflower families, plus grass-like plants, ferns and lichen.
2:00 Shore Plants of the Salish Sea
We will transition to Cornet Bay during this hour, get an introduction to some new seaweeds still exposed along this incredibly diverse stretch of beach. This is another of today's sites where instructor Chris Chisholm held his very first plant walks when he started the Wolf College in 1997 - sites consisting of the most diverse wild edible and medicinal plants in our region due to the convergence of land, sea, maritime winds and fog, plus the effects of a low-precipitation "rainshadow" micro-climate.
3:00 Dunes of Deception Pass
For the last hour, we will pile back into our vehicles and drive 10 minutes to our final destinations where you can experience a truly unique shore walks for our region, where sand dunes meet bog land, creating a micro-environment where some of the most endangered plants of our region struggle to survive. This is the location where we will gather to review all we learned, and we hope that by showing you all these close-by locations, you will receive one of the most diverse educational days possible on plants of the maritime northwest!
Special Workshop Instructions
• Before the workshop, please readwdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shellfish_seaweed_rules.html
and get a license(and parking pass) as described above if you plan to gather shellfish and seaweeds. If you do, also bring a bucket and shovel, or better yet, a 4 prong "cultivator" rake.Also read http://ryandrum.com/seaxpan1.html if at all possible to get the best jump-start on seaweed knowledge!
• Prepare to be outside in all weather, and bring rubber boots, lunch, water, plus a camp stove and cooking gear if possible, and the rest of your 10 Essentials.