A watershed education class will be offered at the Oregon Coast Community College north county campus in Lincoln City in October.

The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14, and 21. This will be followed by a field trip from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, to nearby watershed locations.

In partnership with Oregon State University, the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council has created this lecture and field trip series, featuring three expert speakers. At the conclusion of the lecture portion, those in the class will have the chance to put their learning into a real-life context by touring local watershed restoration sites on the final-day field trip. Participants will learn about the interplay between streams, forests and other landscapes, and how those interactions affect water quality and life below the surface. The course is aimed at newcomers and anyone interested in learning more about the local ecology and the needs and efforts to protect it. No prior scientific experience is necessary.

The cost of the class is $60. To register, go to OCCC’s community education page at oregoncoast.edu/communityed and click on the listing for “Watersheds, Water Quality & Salmon Lecture Series & Field Trip.”

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