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Grandparents U: Anacortes Grades 1-5

Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren ages 7-10.  You and your grandchild will work side-by-side as you participate in a hands-on course taught by Western faculty. 

Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules.   

At a Glance

Grades 1-5 (Ages 7-10)

Monday - Tuesday, July 23 & 24, 2018

Monday: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Shannon Point Marine Center
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grandparent-grandchild pair

Additional fees may apply.


Citizen Science with a Porpoise

There is so much to discover about our oceans through observation and data collection and only so many scientists to perform it. Be part of the solution by learning how to be a trained citizen scientist and gather important data on a local marine mammal species. We will learn about food webs of the Salish Sea and challenges faced by top predators feeding in our waters, as well as how to identify local marine mammals we may encounter in preparation for an official data-gathering session from Washington Park.

Recommended ages: 7-10

Physical activity level: Moderate to high; many activities will be conducted outside, including walking on the very rocky intertidal zone and on a rocky bluff trail in Washington Park.

Instructor: Mira Lutz and Cristina Villalobos

Students are asked to bring:

  • A rain jacket
  • A healthy snack
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Good walking shoes/sneakers
  • A curious mind
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Monday, July 23, 2018

9 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 10 a.m.

Welcome & Opening

10 a.m. – noon

Class Orientation and Session #1

noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch Buffet in Classroom

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Class Session #2

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Class Session #3

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Class Session #4

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Class Session #5 / Wrap Up

12:30 p.m.

Program Concludes


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Location Details

Shannon Point Marine Center
1900 Shannon Point Rd, Anacortes

For detailed parking instructions (if applicable), please refer to the confirmation letter.

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Cost Details

Registration is $249 for one grandparent and one grandchild. Additional grandparents can register for $139 each and additional grandchildren can be added for $79 each. This includes all class/instructor fees, facilities, and lunch on day one.

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Cancellation Policy

All classes and programs are self-sustaining and subject to minimum enrollments. A full refund is granted if a program is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted seven days prior to the first day of your session via email to youth@wwu.edu; a $50 handling charge will be deducted.

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