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We are in our third year bringing a Fall/Winter Lecture Series, titled "Glimpses," to Ocean Shores. Experts will speak on a variety of subjects related to the natural world, natural resources, or history.

This season all of the talks will be at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in October and December through April.


The location is the Ocean Shores Elks Lodge meeting room. The Elks Lodge can be found on Ocean Lake Way, left off of Pt. Brown Ave southbound.

The Lecture Series is a fundraising event for the Center.

Each lecture is $8, or all six (Season Ticket) for $40.


Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at Coastal Interpretive Center.

2015-16 Line-up

October 14:

Nancy Eldridge, Forestry Manager at Quinault Department of Natural Resources -

"INDIAN FORESTRY--The Quinault Working Forest"

The Quinault Reservation is a working forest with literally thousands of owners.  Hear about the foundation of Indian Forestry along with its challenges, opportunities, and future.


Nancy Eldridge holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management and a Master’s Degree in Silviculture and Forest Protection; both from the University of Washington.  She started her career with the Forest Service as a Research Forester for the Pacific Northwest Research Station.  She started with the Quinault Nation in 1999 as the Planning Forester and is currently the Forest Manager for the QIN Forestry Department.

April 13:

Judy Lane,  "What Crows Talk About"

Author, artist, and photographer Judy Lane of Crooked Feather Girl Studio will bring a presentation in which she shares some insights on a community of crows and their interactions with ravens, eagles, owls and other birds. Judy will bring examples of her mixed media art process, initially developed while illustrating and writing her children's book Keiko and the Crow. Judy has spoken to small and large groups around Seattle including, recently, an audience at the Duwamish Longhouse.



December 9:

Al Rammer, Renowned Marine Educator - "Razor Clams A to Z"

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about our local razor clams from this award-winning speaker.


Alan Rammer, retired from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, has a degree in Shellfish Biology and Invertebrate Zoology. He was the recipient of the 2012 National Marine Educator of the Year award and has been recognized for his innovative educational standards  by several organizations. He is very active in the world of beachcombing and was the co-founder of the Ocean Shores Beachcomber's Fun Fair in 1985 and served as the events director for that festival for 5 years. This event is still going strong at 28 years. In addition to promoting activities associated with the northwest beaches and traveling the world to meet other aquatic educators, Al currently serves in the Science and Education Seat of the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee.


Nicole Harris plans and implements education activities for classrooms, field investigations, teacher workshops, and presentations to local and regional organizations, hoping to inspire stewards to our marine environment in all of our activities. She also assists in the coordination and implementation of volunteer coastal cleanups. With so much to love about this job, the best part is that the "classroom" is the beach. With a background in Early Childhood Education, a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, she worked as a nearshore biologist along the central coast of Strait of Juan de Fuca before joining the sanctuary team. Nicole moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 1997. She likes to split her time in nature between hiking the forests of Olympic Mountains, exploring the area beaches, and fishing the waters of the Pacific. A bead-maker in her "spare" time, Nicole loves shiny sparkly things and escapes to her lampwork studio to put all that ocean inspiration into her bead making whenever possible.

February 10:

Dr. Dan Varland, Executive Director of Coastal Raptors - "Turkey Vultures--Love at Second Sight"

Many consider Turkey Vultures rather unpleasant members of the bird world, given that they feed on dead things and have rather unattractive, featherless, red heads. However, a closer look at Turkey Vulture behavior and ecology reveals that they are quite essential to the environment and beautiful in their own way. Dr. Dan Varland, Executive Director of the Hoquiam-based non-profit Coastal Raptors, will share facts on the natural history of the species, including distinguishing characteristics, related species, habitat, and behavior.


Dr. Varland and Coastal Raptors volunteers have researched Turkey Vultures since 2012. More than 30 Turkey Vultures have been trapped, wing-tagged, and tissue-sampled on the Washington and Oregon coastal beaches to assess the heath of avian scavengers in this environment. Among his topics, Dan will discuss trapping methods, contaminant test results and re-sighting locations of wing-tagged birds. Dan became a Ph.D. of Animal Ecology at Iowa State University and earned BS and MS degrees in zoology from Eastern Illinois University. He taught biological sciences at community colleges in Minnesota and Iowa for 11 years after receiving his Master’s degree. Dan was Rayonier-Hoquiam’s Wildlife Biologist from 1993 to 2009. In 2009 he founded and became the Executive Director of Coastal Raptors, a non-profit organization focused on research, education and conservation programs for raptors in coastal environments. Dan has over 10 scientific publications, two book chapters, and an edited book to his name.

January 13:

Nicole Harris, Education Specialist with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary  - "Discover the Olympic Coast--American's Underwater Treasure"

Do you know about the natural treasure off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula? Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary’s underwater landscape, marine wildlife, marine habitats, traditional cultures and maritime history.

March 9:

Chehalis River Basin Land Trust - "Ecologically Significant Coastal and Riparian Lands"

Jan Strong, founding member of the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust (CRBLT), and Jan Robinson, CRBLT president will provide an engaging and interactive presentation on ecologically significant coastal and riparian lands conserved by the CRBLT and other organizations. The hour long presentation will include an introduction on the land trust, and overview of the 4,000+ acres of land held in trust. There will be a special emphasis on the 175-acre Elliott Slough Coastal Surge Plain, Aberdeen, the Chehalis River Discovery Trail, Centralia and information on the pending Weatherwax, Ocean Shores conservation easement. Jan Strong and Jan Robinson's presentation will also include a hands-on activity introducing some of the unique plants and animals that call the coast their home -- year-round or seasonally.