Dr. Cynthia TrowbridgeThe first, pilot workshop of the still-emerging Coastal Master Naturalist Program will take place in Charleston on May 7, in conjunction with the Coast Conference.
Dr. Cynthia Trowbridge, a marine ecologist who is well-known to CoastWatchers, having taught many training sessions and led many field trips for us over the years, will lead ďAn Introduction to Coastal HabitatsĒ from 12:30-4:30 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. She will discuss a wide variety of coastal habitat types, and the ecological processes that shape those areas.
The workshop is free. Participants will have time to attend, and then head for the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus for the first Coast Conference speaker at 7 p.m., with time left over for dinner.
For the past two years, representatives of key coastal volunteer and educational organizations, including CoastWatch along with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Sea Grant, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and others, have been working to develop the curriculum for a new Coastal Master Naturalist Program, which in turn would be part of a broader Oregon Master Naturalist Program.
The full Coastal Master Naturalist Program isnít ready to be offered as yet. However, there will be two additional workshops later this year. Those who take the workshops and subsequently commit to the full program can apply these classes toward certification.
For more information on the May 7 workshop, contact Coral Gehrke, firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 888-2581, ext. 238
For more information on the emerging coastal and statewide master naturalist programs, see: http://oregonmasternaturalist.org/home and http://www.coseepacificpartnerships.org/programs/iseis/cmnp/
Contact: Phillip Johnson, CoastWatch Director, (503) 238-4450, or EMAIL