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Stormwater (STARS)

Cost: $150 | Age: 13-17 years old

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  • 150 US dollars
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Service Description

Perfect for a homeschool group. Help us investigate what chemicals are coming out of the stormdrains from local lawns, roadways, etc. This project will look at the effects of stormwater on the Salish Sea. Students will choose to collect samples from a specific stormwater outfall in Mt. Vernon/Burlington OR Anacortes. Students will collect samples and send them to a lab. Students will evaluate results (looking for NPDES, Zinc, Lead, NWTPH-DWX-Semi Volatile Petroleum, and PAHs) and determine if there is a general correlation between vehicle numbers and water quality parameters. Students that sign up for this project need to have a flexible schedule for the sample collection months (labeled "Independent field work"). These samples need to be collected during rain events and so are subject to weather. Virtual launch January 10, 2023 @ 6:30PM Program summary: STaRS (Student Training as Research Scientists) is a year-long marine science field research training program ending in a culminating project presentation of their research experience. Students choose one of the projects listed below and work independently and as a small group with a project leader throughout the year. ​​Qualifications to enroll: ​Can stay focused and attentive while observing in the field for 2-4 hours Able (or willing to learn!) to speak in public Available for ~30 hours of at home work and ~ 50 hours of field work for the year (4-8 hours per month)​ Commits to the in-person project presentation in January 2024 Ages allowed to enroll vary based on the project (see below) Must be able to access a Discord channel for group communication Age: 13-17 years old Location: Anacortes or Mt. Vernon/Burlington Independent field work, land-based Must be ready to sample at unpredicted days/times depending on rain events Must have a ride to take samples to Mount Vernon OR ship them from the Anacortes post office (shipping and mileage reimbursed) Project Leader: Amy Eberling and Craig Olson

Cancellation Policy

In the event of any cancellation, regardless of when the cancellation is initiated, the credit card processing fee will not be refunded (3%). Cancellation Refunds vary by course: Spring, Fall, and Winter Programs: if cancelled 5 days prior to the course, the class fee will be refunded to you, less the credit card processing fee (3%). If cancelled any time after that, there will not be a refund for this course. Summer Programs: Cancellations 91+ days prior to session start date = Refundable less CC processing fees & $150 deposit Cancellations between 61 and 90 days prior to session start date = Refundable less CC processing fees & 50% fee of full tuition Cancellations between 0 and 60 days prior to session start date = non-refundable Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies. All cancellations must be submitted in writing and must be received in the above time frames. ____ The Pulse: There are no refunds available for our virtual continuing education program.

Contact Details


2201 Skyline Way, Anacortes, WA, USA

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