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Padilla Bay NERR

May 31, 2022 @ 1:30 pm 3:30 pm

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Susan Wood


Max Group Size = 20 If trip is not filled 3 days before, then current Stewards may sign up.

Guide: Susan Wood & NERR Staff

SWS Contact: Christa Baltsch, christa.baltsch@gmail.com, (360) 454-8530 and Lee Badovinus, leeb43@whidbey.com, (206) 817-9187

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Breazeale Interpretive Center feature hands-on exhibits and aquariums, an interpretive trail through woods and meadows. 

As Education Coordinator at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveSusan Wood has been teaching people of all ages about estuaries since 1988. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. For the past ten years, she has been delving into climate change communication, and recently completed a National Science Foundation-funded climate change communication program through the New England Aquarium, the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) Susan enjoys gardening, making music, and walking trails and beaches near her home on Fidalgo Island.

Chandler Colahan

Field Trip Description: With over 8,000 acres, Padilla Bay is home to approximately 25% of all the eelgrass in Washington’s inland waters. Susan and the educators that work with her will explain the ecology of this valuable plant and share information about the rest of the marine life that inhabits the tide flats at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. During this visit, you will have time to independently explore the exhibits.

Make a day of it: walk the trails and look for birds at Padilla Bay, explore the nearby town of Edison for lunch and shopping for bread or Bow for locally made cheese and blueberry treats. Or visit Kukutali Preserve at Swinomish Tribal Community near LaConner.


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One of the aquarium tanks at Padilla Bay NERR Breazeale Interpretive Center