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Coastal Prairie Restoration in San Juan Island National Historical Park

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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The fragile coastal areas of the San Juan Islands are among the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. As Europeans settled in the Pacific Northwest, most coastal prairies were converted into farms and homesteads. Today in San Juan Island National Historical Park, resource managers are attempting to restore these areas to pre-settlement condition by replacing exotic plant species with native vegetation. Supervised by National Park Service staff, support ongoing efforts to preserve an imperiled ecosystem and learn about the natural and human history of the islands while enveloped in a sweeping, unspoiled panorama of Puget Sound as it existed centuries ago.


• Preserve a rare and endangered ecosystem by aiding in seed collection and propagation, the replanting of native grasses and the removal of nonnative species.
• Observe a diversity of local wildlife, including salmon and orca in reef areas off-shore and nesting pairs of bald eagles known to reside in the park.
• Study the cultural history of the Coast Salish peoples with an expert researcher, and get a glimpse of 150 years of European settlement at English Camp.

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National Park restoration involves a variety of possible activities, ranging from: GPS surveying; invasive species removal; seed counting; planter box construction; planting; transplanting; fence repair and more. These activities may include lifting, carrying, kneeling, bending or standing for long periods of time. Participants are encouraged to self-select from available activities to best match their ability and pacing levels. A significant amount of the program time is spent working outdoors. Gloves and tooling are provided.

Coordinated by Skagit Valley College.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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