Exploring is awesome!
Ages 10+, family-friendly
We’re natural-born explorers; all we need is
a lively intro to map reading techniques to
open up adventures in our local parks. This
is a great way to introduce orienteering,
a sport which combines racing with
navigation. Check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZOI9kKuA4I. Learn the
fundamentals of map-based navigation
and apply them right away in an outdoor
orienteering course at Community Park. Min 10/Max 30
Students will learn:
• Elements of a good map
• Commonly mapped features
• Orientation & relocation
• Thumbing & contours
• The joy of knowing where you’re going!
Bring: Outdoor shoes, weather-appropriate
clothing, compass–if you have one
Instructors: Bob Forgrave is president of
Cascade Orienteering Club, former director
of the state orienteering youth league, and
former middle school team coach, email@example.com; Co-trainer Chris Whitmyre is
former director of the “Ultimate Orienteer”
series for experienced navigators.
Date/Time: Sat | Oct 8 | 12:30pm-4pm
Location: The Crow’s Nest at Community
Park, then outdoors in the Park.
Fee: $12, accompanied youth ages 14 & under are half price.
All ages - children accompanied by an adult
Beginners are invited to build signing
vocabulary, numbers, fingerspelling,
common phrases, along with how to use
facial expressions. Class is also geared to
meet individuals’ needs and areas of interest.
Great class for anyone who has taken
sign language previously, there is always
something new to learn in this evolving
Min 1/Max 6
Wed | Oct 5-Oct 26 | 5:30pm-6:30pm
OR Wed | Nov 30-Dec 21 | 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: SWPRD Building, 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Room 111
Instructor: Susan Ishikawa, San Jose
State University BA Speech Pathology and
Audiology, Certificated Teacher of Deaf and
Severely Hard-of-Hearing, Certificated Sign
Language and Fingerspelling Instructor,
firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 221-0383
Connect to Earth in Healthy Ways
What if I told you that increasing your
cardiovascular health could help save polar
bears? Or that you could save orangutans
by eating healthy? What if you could get fit
by recycling? Welcome to EarthFit! Learn
how to care for your body and protect the
earth, how getting fit can make a difference
in conservation efforts, and how you can
connect the earth in a healthy way.
This is a 3-day seminar/lecture program. No
physical activity during the sessions. Min 5/Max 20
Instructor: Patricia Beaven Beanpattie@earthconservant.com.
3 years professional
environmental education; 15 years
zookeeper – conservation field; certificate in
nutrition & personal training; Certificate of
Personal Training, NCCPT; trail naturalist for
national wildlife refuge.
Mon | Nov 7; Nov 14; Nov 21 | 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: SWPRD Rec Center, 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Room 125
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 email@example.com.
For more information, go to www.caninenosework.com.
Click here to read an Everett Herald news article about the sport of K9 Nosework.
K9 Nosework Classes
NW1 (Beginning Nosework):
Dates/Time: Sun, Sep 18 - Oct 23 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
OR Wed, Sep 21 - Oct 26 | 3:45pm - 5:15pm
NW2A (Intro to Odor):
Dates/Time: Wed, Sep 21 - Oct 26 | 10:00am - 11:30am
NW2B (Working with Odor):
Dates/Time: Sun, Sep 18 - Oct 23 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
NW2B+ (More Working w/ Odor):
Sun, Sep 18 - Oct 23 | Noon - 1:30pm
OR Wed, Sep 21 - Oct 26 | Noon - 1:30pm
NW3 (Continuing Nosework):
Dates/Time: Sun, Sep 18 - Oct 23 | 10:00am - 11:30am
OR Wed, Sep 21 - Oct 26 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
* Additional $10 materials fee paid directly to instructor at class
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
- 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.
- Your dog’s favorite, high-value treats; bring a few different kinds. Please avoid crumbly or crunchy cookie-type treats.
- Treat pouch or bait bag in which to put the food – no plastic baggies.
- 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 (www.ezydog.com). No slip or pinch collars, head halters, or easy-walk/no-jump harnesses.
- Leash (6 foot, leather or nylon). Please remove all dangling items (dog waste holders, charms, etc.) so as to not distract the dog.
- Comfortable bed or crate in your car for dog to rest when not working.
- Fresh drinking water & bowl.
- Dog waste bags for clean-up.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 360-579-1030. Click here to view the interview with Georgia Edwards.
Free Family Fun Run Saturdays
Running can be a healthy family activity.
We’ll meet up at some of South Whidbey’s
great trails. Keep an eye out for meeting
times and places. Tentative dates:
September 24, October 22, November 5,
Coordinator: Shannon Lind, USATF, RRCA
certified coach, email@example.com
Thursday Night Lights
Running Under the Track Lights
All Ages, Youth Accompanied by an Adult
Did you make new fitness goals? Get started
with this simple activity! Bundle up and fight
the winter slump by embracing the cold
and running or walking with us on a well-lit
track Thursday nights. Invite a friend to chat
your way around the track, or plug in with
headphones and focus on your own rhythm.
Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Participation is at-your-own-risk, and by
participating you consent to our standard
waiver/release of liability (see registration
Coordinator: Shannon Lind, USATF, RRCA
certified coach. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu | Nov 8-Mar 9 (except Nov 24) | 5:45pm-6:45pm
Location: SWHS track at 5674 Maxwelton
Foraging for Edible Food - coming this Winter!
Come learn what wild plants can be
combined as delicious and unique
ingredients into your daily meals. Educator,
farmer, and fifth generation Coupeville
native, Kelsi Franzen, will engage all of your
senses first on a hike, where we will learn to
identify some common edibles in several
Pacific Northwest ecosystems, followed by
a presentation about how to create meals
inspired by and infused with Whidbey
Island’s wild and cultivated foods.
This program will be followed this winter/spring by Foraging through the Seasons, a
monthly mentorship walk series meeting at
a different Whidbey location each time. Min 5/Max 20
Instructor: Kelsi Franzen holds a Masters
in Education with an emphasis in
Environmental Education and Non-Profit
Administration from WWU, in partnership
with North Cascades Institute, as well as a
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Education
Date/Time: TBA in the Winter Activity Guide