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
Dates/Time: Thu | May 4 - 25 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
OR Thu | Jun 1 - 22 | 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
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: Wed, May 10 - Jun 14 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
OR Sun, May 7 - Jun 11 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
NW2B (Working with Odor):
Dates/Time: Wed, May 10 - Jun 14 | 10:00am -Noon
OR Sun, May 7 - Jun 11 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
NW2B+ (More Working w/ Odor):
Sun, May 7 - Jun 11 | Noon - 2:00pm
OR Wed, May 10 - Jun 14 | Noon - 2:00pm
NW3 (Continuing Nosework):
Dates/Time: Sun, May 7 - Jun 11 | 10:00am - Noon
OR Wed, May 10 - Jun 14 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
* Additional $10 materials fee paid directly to instructor at class
All classes meet at Community Park Crow's Nest (above the concession stand), 5495 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.
Exploring is awesome!
Adults and Youth Ages 10+
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.
Date/Time: Sat | June 3 | 12:30-4pm
Instructor: 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
Location: The Crow’s Nest at Community
Park, then outdoors in the park.
*Accompanied youth ages 14 & under are half price.
Clam Digging 101 - CLASS FULL
Diggin’ for Dinner
Adults & Youth Ages 16+; Younger Welcome Accompanied by an Adult
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 (health conditions
permitting), a clam measuring tool, and
yummy recipes for serving up your finds.
Each person will need to bring shoes
that can get wet and sandy, a 2+ gallon
container that holds water, and a small
shovel or hand cultivator for each person
wanting to harvest clams. Limited space
available, and class fi lls up, so register early! Min 5 / Max 30
Date/Time: Sat | Apr 29 | 1–3pm
Coordinator: Carrie Monforte firstname.lastname@example.org (360)221-6788
Location: A South Whidbey Beach, TBA
*No charge for children under the age of 5
years, max 2 per paying adult. We have received a free one-day group fishing license.
Learn to cultivate these seafood gems!
Adults and Youth Ages 16+
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
3-day class will include 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: weather and beach
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
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. Min 1 / Max 12
Sat | Apr 29 1-4pm; May 6 9am-Noon; and
May 27 10am-Noon
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. Email: email@example.com
Location: A private residence in Freeland
and SWPRD Building, 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Room 111
*Fee is per household. Additional materials
fee of $140, to be collected after determining
suitability of your beach for an oyster garden.
Materials fee provides oyster bags, oyster seed, and gear for securing bags to the beach.
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. Min 5/Max 25
Instructor: Jon Gabelein, Firefighter, EMT, AHA instructor and Coupeville School District teacher.
Date/Time: Sat | June 17 | 9am-1pm
Location: SWPRD Rec Center, Room 125