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Discovery Northwest Summer Program

Discovery Northwest
Discover your world this summer! Do you want to know more about our unique environment? Our region offers so much to see, do, and know, and now our expert faculty open exciting learning opportunities to you through the Discovery Northwest Summer Program.

Discovery Northwest classes

Discovery Northwest features a unique set of classes to add to your summer schedule. You may sign up for any one or more of the five one-credit modules listed below and in the Environmental Science section of the summer class schedule.

Expert faculty share insights into our surroundings, provide glimpses into watersheds and river systems, surrounding ecosystems, the bug life of streams and rivers, and life in the intertidal zones of sandy and rocky habitats in Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Each module provides an insider's view of parts of our environment that are vital to life.

Pollution within the Chehalis River watershed, including pollutant types, sources, impacts and methods of remediation will be explored. You can see and understand this important watershed first hand through the eyes of five top-notch professors at Centralia College. They will show you how nature and man have impacted rivers, coastal areas, and intricate watersheds.

The module classes each include a day-long field trip to investigate and observe concepts and interactions learned in the classroom. Discovery Northwest is offered for full college credit and also as Adult Special Interest.

Survey of Environmental Science
by Johnny Garcia
Lectures: Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Intro to interactions between humans and the natural world

Watersheds: Connecting Mountains to the Sea
by Steve Norton
Lectures: Mon/Wed, begins June 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Field trips include day-long trips over rough terrain.

  • Module 1–Fire and Ice, Rain and Rocks: Geology of a Watershed, by Pat Pringle
    Lectures: Mon/Wed, June 22-June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    July 26 field trip includes a day-long trip over rough terrain.
  • Module 2–Plants, People, and Watershed Health, by Dr. Lisa Carlson
    Lectures: Mon/Wed, July 6-July 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    July 10 field trip includes a day-long trip over rough terrain.
  • Module 3–Let the Bugs Speak: Biological Communities & Watersheds, by Steve Norton
    Lectures: Mon/Wed, July 20-July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    July 24 field trip includes a day-long trip over rough terrain.
  • Module 4–Life on the Edge: Surviving in the Marine Intertidal, by Greg Hueckel
    Lectures: Mon/Wed, July 13-July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
    July 17 field trip includes a day-long trip over rough terrain.
  • Module 5–Fishes and Rivers in the NW: Intro to the 4-Hs, by Steve Norton
    Lectures: Mon/Wed, July 27-July 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    July 31 field trip includes a day-long trip over rough terrain.

Class Schedule