About the Class

The movement of water around the Salish Sea and Planet Earth has fascinated people for as long as we have been around. Why does it do that? How do we predict where it will be in an hour, a day, a year from now?

How does all this affect the locations of salmon, seaweed, and nuclear power plants? And how does all this affect me when I visit the beach, paddle a kayak, take a ferry, or try to balance an egg?

Tides wait for no man, but that means they are predictable. How does a storm change those predictions? Should we use the dependability and energy of tides for power generation?

Using video, diagrams, discussions, and humor, this hour-long interactive presentation challenges assumptions, offers insights, and helps us understand the science behind what is taking place out in space and along our shores every hour of every day, processes that create our tides, determine our coastline, and touch our lives.

**Planning to attend Jack's session? Be sure to check out his list of questions in advance so you can listen for the answers during the class (or maybe do a little research on your own!)**

His University of Washington senior thesis explored the management of Washington State Park's Puget Sound beaches. Somehow he graduated from college with a B. S. degree in Forest Science, specializing in park management. He spent the next forty years working in nine different Washington State Parks. Deception Pass was Jack's last state park to call home, living there for fourteen years, and performing numerous rescues and recoveries in the churning waters of the Pass. He retired in 2017 and now makes his home in Skagit County.

He loves beaches, sunsets and sunrises, warm weather, flying, photography, hiking, sauntering, kayaking, biking, laughing, basketball, writing, playing with his kids and grandkids, eating blackberry pie, and finding rainbows.

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