Would you eat this?
The students, in unison, solemnly agree that they would not eat the Styrofoam.
How about if I disguised it as a hamburger?
There are still no takers.
This launches us into a discussion of what is in the wrack line, how it gets there, who calls it home and how some of the wash-up can hurt animals and subsequently us humans as well. Today, our discussion lasts 45 minutes and touches on an array of topics including: “What is the difference between tides and currents?”; “what are filter feeders?” ; “what is a food chain?”; “what happens to the plastic, treated wood and fishing line left behind?” The kids get a list of new vocabulary words and off they go to learn about Coastal Defense and the history of Fort Casey.
The Fort Casey Headland receives many visitors including scores of school aged children, to tour the Fort , the Lighthouse and most recently, to learn about the natural and cultural history of the immediate environment. The emphasis of the latter is on environmental stewardship and gaining a sense of appreciation for the dynamic forces that shape the Headland and provide homes for countless life forms.
The Beach Watchers have a role to play at Fort Casey. There is an opportunity for expanding the educational outreach efforts, a cornerstone of Beach Watcher philosophy, and establishing connections with the Park and the larger community of Coupeville and greater Whidbey Island.