Seaweeds of the West Coast - June 2023

Join the Raincoast Education Society for their popular Seaweed of the West Coast course!


June 16 - 18, 2023


Raincoast Education Society


Dr. Bridgette Clarkston


Ucluelet Community Center
500 Matterson Drive
Ucluelet, BC,


June 16 @ 8:30 am - June 18 @ 1:00 pm PDT

This weekend field course, based out of the Ucluelet Community Centre, will introduce participants to the world of west coast seaweeds. Topics to be covered in this year’s course include an introduction to seaweeds (What are they? What is their role in coastal ecology?), biodiversity of west coast seaweeds, essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds, seaweed foraging, the relationship between seaweeds and people, pressing and preserving seaweeds, and more!

The Raincoast Education Society is excited to welcome back course instructor Dr. Bridgette Clarkston  who will come to Ucluelet to share her seaweed knowledge and expertise.

Friday, June 16th (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

  • Presentation – overview of west coast seaweeds, different seaweed groups, role of seaweeds in coastal marine ecosystems.

Saturday, June 17th (8:30 am -8:30 pm, with breaks) Low tide is at 7:17 am (0.3 feet / 1.0 m) 

  • Field trip to explore seaweeds on Tofino’s rocky coast and practice naturalist skills, including fundamentals of seaweed identification.
  • Collection of seaweeds at field site.
  • Workshop to practice using dichotomous keys, field guides and online databases to identify unknown specimens.
  • Create your own scientific and artistic seaweed presses.
  • Cynaoptype,  Seaweed as art: create your own beautiful botanical blueprint using the traditional method of cyanotype printing. 
  • Presentation – seaweeds and people: from traditional uses to modern foraging, and everything in between.

Sunday, June 18th (8:30 am – 1:00 pm)  Low tide is at 7:58am (0.3 feet / 1.0 m) 

  • Putting it all together – field trip to identify seaweeds and their communities in nature, including opportunities to share what you’ve learned with the group.
  • Course wrap-up.

About the instructor:

Dr. Bridgette Clarkston loves seaweeds and thinks you should too. Bridgette is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia and co-author of the field guide Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast (Harbour Publishing). A delightful moment in a lifetime spent appreciating BC’s seaweeds was discovering a new genus of beautiful red seaweeds and naming it after the Salish Sea (Salishia). A Vancouver Island settler, Bridgette was born and raised on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land. Learn more about Bridgette on the UBC Botany website here.

Course fee:

$300 per person

How to register:

Follow the link below!