Sand Seminar

October 6, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Sand from three beaches. /Photo by Marty Guiles
Sand from three beaches. /Photo by Marty Guiles

Nothing could be more fundamental to the Oregon coast and its public beaches than sand.  We may love the feel of sand between our toes, and we may worry about sand if it seems to be eroding away, but we tend not to think about the substance itself.  Yet sand reaches our shores through epic journeys, and far from being all alike, different types of sand grains characterize different beach environments.

A webinar CoastWatch is sponsoring will put sand in all its forms under the microscope, figuratively and literally. On Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., we present a seminar on “Sand.” The event is free and open to all.

Our guide to the inner life of our beaches will be naturalist and ecotour leader Marty Giles, who has spent a long career studying the stuff. Here’s what she has to say about her subject matter: "We’re all familiar with sand, but what is it?  Where does it come from?  What does it do while it’s here?  Where does it go when it’s done?  This presentation answers those questions—and more! Participants will get a broad view of sand, from a sketch of the area’s geologic history to photomicrographs of the life between the grains."

Marty Giles has been interpreting the Oregon coast for residents and visitors for some four decades.  She has been a naturalist for a variety of agencies, including Oregon State Parks, Oregon State University Extension/Sea Grant, and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.  She holds a Master’s degree in Recreation Resources Development from Texas A&M University, specializing in Environmental Interpretation. Those years of education and professional experience are now applied to Marty's interpretive nature guiding service, Wavecrest Discoveries, which specializes in customized, "mind-refreshing" explorations of Oregon's southern coast that reconnect people with nature.  She is also a writer and editor, and maintains a business in that field as well, SharpPoint Writing & Editing.

To register for the webinar, go here.