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American Sign Language
Children and Adults Learning Together

Come and join our beginners’ American Sign Language class to experience a language unlike any other! Sign language can broaden your communication skills, stimulate your senses, and increase your ability to be expressive. Join this fun class for students, senior citizens losing their hearing, and anyone interested in learning a new language. You’ll learn American Sign Language, which is commonly called ASL, and learn how to sign phrases, cute rhymes, fingerspelling, numbers and the structure of ASL.  Deaf people do not expect perfection, and usually will cheerfully help you correct your mistakes. Min 3/Max 12

Dates: Wed. May 6 - 27
OR Wed, Jun 3 - 24
OR Wed, Jul 8 - 29
OR Wed, Aug 5 - 26
Time: 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Instructor:   Susan Ishikawa, Teacher of Deaf and Severely Hard-of-Hearing has taught for 40 yrs.  She met KOKO the Signing  Gorilla in Palo Alto, Calif.  KOKO was an inspiration to Susan.  Contact:
Location: Park District Building, 5475 Maxwelton Rd., Room 111
Fee: $50

Dwarf Conifers & Drip Irrigation
Seminar & Tour

Using plants both in the garden and in pots borrowed from Bayview Farm & Garden, we'll explore the great variety possible with both dwarf and miniature conifers.  We will highlight use of contrasts in shape, colors, textures, and required care, as well as placement suggestions.  We will also recommend good sources and references. Warning: These plants can be addictive!
Drip Irrigation, which Rod calls "the best adult tinker toy set," is almost essential for any garden on berms or hillsides (to avoid runoff) or in gardens of great size.  It is very easy to install and maintain if kept simple.  Inexpensive timers allow gardeners to go "on vacation" and travel worry-free.  No winter protection is required.  We will see how 76-year-old Rod does it and he'll recommend good sources both local and on-line. Please bring a pad and pencil or pen. Uncertain Weather? Call Rod at (206) 909-3965 for determination.

Instructor Rod Parke has vast experience with teaching about conifers.  He has studied under renowned horticulturists and worked in the nursery trade, and his passion is contagious. Email: •• Min 4 / Max 15

Date: Wed, Apr 8 (Rain-Out Date: Apr 15)
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Fee: $20
Location: Indoor and outdoor at a private home and garden in Langley. Address given after registering.


Oyster Gardening
Learn to cultivate these seafood gems!

Discover the fun and satisfaction of cultivating your own oyster garden on your beach. You will learn about suitable beaches, gear used, oyster types, and health and environmental considerations. You will assemble gear for your garden and receive oyster seed to begin growing oysters.

The class will be held over three weekend days, including a visit to an oyster garden, and classroom time. Gardening experience is very helpful, and will help you understand the attention required to maintain your oyster garden. What to Bring: Boots for beach, gloves, weather appropriate attire, and pictures of your own beach.
Participants should have access to a private beach suitable for oyster growing, either through ownership or agreement with the owner. Suitable beaches have a firm gravel or cobble substrate at the 0 to +4 foot tide level and are not exposed to excessive wave action. Sandy beaches are less suitable but can grow oysters for a gardener determined to put in more work. Many suitable beaches are found in Holmes Harbor and Saratoga Passage.

Instructor: Kurt Johnson has spent over 30 years in the shellfish farming industry from owning a mussel and oyster farm to developing nursery and grow-out systems for mussels, oysters, scallops and geoducks in the US, Mexico and Canada. He has also provided biological services for shellfish farming of clams, mussels, oysters, and geoducks. Contact: • Class meets over 3 days. •Min 5 / Max 15

Dates/Times: Sat | May 9, 2:00-5:00PM; May 16, 9:00AM-Noon; Jun 6, 10:00-11:00
Location: A private residence in Freeland, and SWPRD, Room 111
Fee: $25*
*Additional materials fee of $170, to be collected at second session after determining suitability of your beach for an oyster garden. Materials fee provides 10 oyster bags, 500 oyster seed, and all gear for securing bags to the beach.

Clam Digging 101 - CLASS FULL
Diggin’ for Dinner

Get out of your shell at this informational and hands-on workshop on clamming in our area. Learn about gear, harvesting regulations, where to go, and practical instructions. Sample steamed clams and enjoy the beach at low tide. You’ll take home your clam harvest, a clam measuring tool (one per adult), and yummy recipes for serving up your finds. Each person will need to bring shoes that can get muddy, a bucket, and a small shovel or hand cultivator for each person wanting to harvest clams. Limited space available, and class fills up, so register early!!
Coordinator: Carrie

Date: Sun, Apr 19
Time: 11:00am–1:00pm
Location: A South Whidbey Beach, TBA.
Fee: $10*
* No charge for children under the age of 5 years, max 2 per paying adult. We will apply for, and most likely receive, a free one-day group fishing license. In the unlikely event that we are not awarded this license you will need to purchase a clam license, for around $10. Children under the age of 15 do not need a license.

First Aid & CPR
Adults and Youth Ages 14+

In this course, you will learn and practice how to effectively recognize and respond to medical emergencies in the critical first minutes until emergency medical services arrive. These skills include American Heart Association CPR (for adults, children, and infants), First Aid, and use of an AED. Those who successfully complete the course will earn their AHA CPR/FA card.

Date: Sat, May 30
Time: 9am–Noon (class ending time is approximate)
Instructor: Jon Gabelein, Firefighter, EMT, AHA instructor and Coupeville School District teacher.
Location: South Whidbey Parks & Recreation Building, Room 125. Min 5/Max 25
Fee: $25

K9 Nosework Classes

Does your dog need more exercise? Does he need more confidence? Does he just need a job? This class will teach you how to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using his desire to hunt and his love of food, toys, and exercise.   It is a perfect course for dogs to have fun, build confidence and focus, and burn lots of mental and physical energy, even when it’s too cold or rainy to venture outside because nosework can be taught and practiced indoors with minimal space and equipment needs.

The sport also brings special benefits for dogs with issues such as lack of confidence or focus, being overly-reactive around other dogs and/or people, dogs convalescing from medical problems or living with disabilities (hearing or sight impairment, loss of a limb), generalized social or situational anxiety preventing them from joining a typical group training class, and retired conformation, competition, service, or working dogs in need of a job to keep them busy and happy. Max 8 per class.

Dogs of all breeds, ages, and abilities are welcome – from the young unfocused puppy to the elderly dog no longer able participate in long walks or rough-and-tumble dog play at the park – all will be successful and have fun. Owners, too!  No dog training experience is necessary.

The class instructor is Georgia Edwards, CNWI/National Association of Canine Scent Work, who may be reached at 360-579-1030 or emailed at

For more information, go to

Click here for information about A Weekend of Training with Fred Helfers.

Click here to read an Everett Herald news article about the sport of K9 Nosework.

K9 Nosework Classes

NW1 (Beginning Nosework):
Dates/Time: TBD; contact instructor for schedule
Fee: $150*

NW2A (Intro to Odor):
Dates/Time: Sun, May 17 - Jun 28*** | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
OR Wed, Mar 13 - Jun 24** | 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Fee: $150*

NW2B (Working with Odor):
Dates/Time: Sun, May 17 - Jun 28*** | 11:00am - 12:30pm
OR Wed, May 13 - Jun 24** | 11:00am - 12:30pm
Fee: $150*

NW3 (Continuing Nosework):
Dates/Time: Sun, May 17 - Jun 28*** | 3:00pm - 4:30pm
OR Wed, May 13 - Jun 24** | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Fee: $150*

* fee is per dog
** No class June 10
*** No class June 21

All classes meet at SWPRD Rec Center (Room 125), 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley

Private Lessons (NW-PL)

Private lessons can be arranged with the instructor. If you want to “sample” nosework to decide if it is the right training venue for
your dog before enrolling in a class or if you are already training with your dog and want to brush up on a particular skill or work to master a training problem, contact Georgia directly to arrange time and place.
By appointment, $25/dog per hour.

Items to Bring to Nosework Class

  1. Hungry & motivated dog – skip breakfast on the day of class or give only half of the usual meal. If you have a high-energy dog, please don’t burn them out with a long hike or play session before class.
  2. Your dog’s favorite, high-value treats; bring a few different kinds. Please avoid crumbly or crunchy cookie-type treats.
  3. Treat pouch or bait bag in which to put the food – no plastic baggies.
  4. Harness or buckle or martingale collar that is used ONLY for Nosework.  We recommend the Ezydog Quick- fit harness, available at Healthy Pet in Freeland (10% discount for SWPRD Nosework students) and on-line ( No slip or pinch collars, head halters, or easy-walk/no-jump harnesses.
  5. Leash (6 foot, leather or nylon). Please remove all dangling items (dog waste holders, charms, etc.) so as to not distract the dog.
  6. Comfortable bed or crate in your car for dog to rest when not working.
  7. Fresh drinking water & bowl.
  8. Dog waste bags for clean-up.
  9. Proof of vaccinations against rabies, parvo, bordatella (kennel cough) and distemper. Your vet can fax vaccination records to (360) 579-1040 prior to first class, or you can bring vet records with you. Rabies “collar tags” are not sufficient.


Georgia Edwards, CNWI, Canine CV
A physician by profession, Georgia has been involved in training, breeding, and competition sports with Bouvier des Flanders dogs for more than 20 years. She is certified as a canine nosework instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work, the only sanctioning and titling organization for the sport. Her current dog, Hawkeye, is the only Bouvier des Flandres in the world with a nosework title; he will be one of the nosework "demo dogs" at the Seattle Kennel Club show in March 2012.  For many years in Southern California, she and her dogs participated in the “Meet the Breed” programs, introducing the Bouvier des Flanders to the public at dog shows, including the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships.
Georgia has taught agility and carting classes and seminars and written articles for the Southern California Bouvier des Flandres Club, the Pacific Gateway Working Bouvier Club, and the North American Working Bouvier Association. She is certified as a canine nosework instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work, the only sanctioning and titling organization for the sport. Her current dog, Hawkeye, is the first, and currently the only, Bouvier des Flandres in the world with a nosework title; he has been one of the nosework "demo dogs" at the Seattle Kennel Club shows for several years. 
Georgia can be contacted through email at or at 360-579-1030. Click here to view the interview with Georgia Edwards.

Miriam Rose, CPDT-KA, CNWI
The exciting and inclusive dog sport of K9 Nose Work was devised to bring the world of scent detection to the dog owning public for the delight the activity brings to dogs and their people. Miriam was the first Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) in the state of Washington and teaches in adherence to their methods.  She began Northwest Noseworks, to further spread the sport in WA and BC.
Miriam’s life has revolved around dogs since she was nine years old, when she trained her first dog, a German Shepherd, in obedience. She owned and trained a series of German Shepherds in her growing up years and later chose Giant Schnauzers; first as her companions and later as her working partners. Over many years Miriam has schooled her own dogs for conformation, obedience, agility, and tracking and pursued her own education in ‘all things dog’ including clicker work, protection dog sports, and service dog training. Miriam’s love of scent work for dogs and her belief in their unparalleled talent for it have led her to an unusual passion and path in life.
Since 2000 Miriam has owned and operated Verity Services, which provides drug and explosive detection dog services to schools, businesses, and private homes. She and her dogs have worked in schools from Maryland to New Mexico successfully searching for drugs and other contraband to help keep children safe. In addition, over the past 8 years, she has partnered with various international corporations to work their dogs to screen ships’ stores for explosives for the cruise ships sailing from Seattle during the Alaska cruise season. She and her K9 partners search up to ten thousand pallets a season to keep passengers and crew from harm. During the Christmas shopping season she has also worked explosive detection dogs for NW regional shopping malls.
When not teaching Nose Work classes or working her detection dogs, Miriam works with private clients’ dogs to solve their behavior problems, volunteers to assist rescued Giant Schnauzers in the region, tests dogs for law enforcement careers on a pro-bono basis, and furthers her education in detection dogs, pet dog training, and selective breeding at seminars in the US, Canada, and Europe. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and holds the CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Applied) certification.

Click here if you are interested in applying for the Emily scholarship for "special needs" dogs.


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