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You, Me and Nearshore Bluffs: Walking the Shapes of Change (Morning Session)

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February 4 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Guide: PaulBen McElwain

PaulBen McElwain came to Seattle in the mid-sixties for studies at the University of Washington in Physical Oceanography, Geology (geomorphic hydrology) and Geography (computer cartography). Having grown up in the outdoors of the Southeast, he found his true home here in the Pacific Northeast (that’s right, come see why). A resident of Whidbey Island since the mid-eighties, PaulBen has spent a good amount of time on the local beaches, puzzling out their shapes, processes and changes.

A member of Sound Water Stewards since 2017, PaulBen delights in sharing his curiosity, insights and enthusiasm for the bluffs and beaches of Whidbey Island.

PaulBen at Libbey Beach

The Field Trip (only for Sound Waters University registrants; requires event + field trip ticket):

See the land with new eyes as we explore the beach access trail at South Whidbey State Park!

Come explore Libbey Beach Park just north of Partridge Point on Western Whidbey Island. Study how tectonic, glacial, and shoreline processes shape our western Whidbey Island nearshore bluffs and beaches. See firsthand how our famous “feeder bluffs” erode and play a vital role in the life of the sea. PaulBen’s magical interpretation of nature promises a unique encounter with tide pools, glacial erratics, and the beach in winter.

Meet up:

Location of field trip: South Whidbey State Park

*A Discover Pass is required to park here.


4128 S Smugglers Cove Rd.
Freeland, Washington 98249 United States