Stewart Schultz leading shoreline science workshop.Photo by Michael Coe.

CoastWatch is happy to welcome coastal ecologist Stewart Schultz back this summer for more field trips! Three events are scheduled in Nehalem on August 3 and August 4, including dinner and discussion. Dr. Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History, will lead walking explorations in two different environments of Nehalem Bay. Participants will come away with a new understanding of Nehalem Bay’s plants and animals and the role the tides play. Any Oregon teachers participating can use these events as PDUs.

On Thursday, August 3rd, the walk will focus on the salt marsh. The dinner and discussion will take place at the North County Recreation District on Thursday night with a focus on Nehalem Bay, climate change, and tides. On Friday, we will focus on the intertidal estuary. The meeting place for the field excursions will be provided one week before the event.

Space is limited! Please use the following links to register for each event separately.

Dr. Schultz is a leading expert on the coastal ecology of the Pacific Northwest. He has extensive experience studying the Oregon coast, making him a knowledgeable guide of the shoreline environment. An Oregonian who grew up playing on the shore near Gearhart, he went to Reed College and obtained his doctorate in botany from the University of British Columbia. He worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami and now the University of Zadar in Croatia. During the academic year, he studies marine ecology, as well as his specialty of plant evolution and genetics, but every summer, he returns to the Oregon coast to teach shoreline science.