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The Protean Coast: Exploring Seattle’s Historical Shoreline

Add to Calendar Victor Steinbrueck Park
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013 | 10 am – 12 pm
$20 for Burke Members, $25 for general public (class size limited to 15)

More so than most cities, Seattle has shaped itself to suit its needs. Seattle has removed hills, filled tide flats, and created a completely new downtown shoreline. On this 1.5-mile-long walk we'll explore the last vestiges of the former downtown bluffs, trace the island where Seattle was founded, and examine how the subterranean fill still affects the modern landscape.

*The 10 am event is now full, but please consider registering for the later "Exploring Seattle's Historical Shoreline" event at 1 pm.

Meeting place: Victor Steinbrueck Park (north end of Pike Place Market).  Note: this tour will end at Occidental Park, S. Main Street & Occidental Avenue S.  Please bring bus fare or be prepared to walk back to Victor Steinbrueck Park.

David B. Williams is a naturalist, writer, and Seattle native who wields a degree in geology to explore the natural world in an urban setting. His newest book is Cairns: Messengers in Stone, which explores these amazing piles of stone from the world. Prior to that he wrote Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, an exploration of the cultural and natural history of building stone, and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. To learn more about David, visit http://geologywriter.com/.

For further information please contact David Giblin at dgiblin@uw.edu or call 206-543-1682.

US Coast and Geodetic T-Sheet from 1899 showing downtown Seattle and shoreline location.