Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Be A Raincoast Host

If you are working the "front lines" during the tourist season you should check out the Raincoast Host program offered by the Raincoast Education Society. The one day course gives you an excellent grounding in the natural and cultural history of our community and the surrounding area. The next course is June 28 so sign up fast (by this Friday).

Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday June 28th, 2011
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: EcoLodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Cost: $69 (discounts available for non-profits and businesses sending more than four staff)
Registration deadline: Friday, June 24th

Is Lone Cone really a volcano?
How do you pronounce Tla-o-qui-aht?
What are those plants with the huge leaves?
Where is that foam on the ocean coming from? Discover the answers to these questions and many more during the Raincoast Host program. Raincoast Host is a fun and informative full-day course in local ecology and cultural history. The course enables participants to answer commonly-asked questions about the environments, communities and cultures of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere region, and deliver key messages about how to explore the area safely and respectfully. A great compliment to the Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program this course is perfect for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the area.

What is the difference between the Raincoast Host course and the Ambassador Program?
The Ambassador Program is a half-day introduction to the area and services offered here, and includes a brief section on natural and cultural history. The Raincoast Host course is a full day course that offers an in-depth overview of the natural and cultural history of the region. It’s a great course for guides (kayak, whale watching etc.), any staff who answer lots of curious visitors questions, and for anyone who just wants to build on and expand their knowledge of the area.

Course Instructors:
Josie Osborne (local naturalist and marine biologist, Raincoast Education Society)
Gisele Martin (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, owner Tlaook Cultural Adventures)
Jen Pukonen (local naturalist and ethnobotanist, Raincoast Education Society)
For more info and to register please email info@raincoasteducation.org, call 725-2567 or check out our website at www.raincoasteducation.org

Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
tel 250-725-2560
fax 250-725-2435
Website: www.raincoasteducation.org

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