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1. How do I contact someone at Sound Living 2013

2. What is Sound Living?

3. When, Where is Sound Living 2013 ?

4. Will you feed me?

5. Who are Beach Watchers?


Event - Special Cases

6. Accessibility -

7. Scholarships

8. Student Registration

9. Teachers and CEU's


Class Choices

10. How do I choose sessions?

11. Are there new classes this year?

12. What does Intermediate mean on a class?


Registration

13. When and how do I register?

14. How do I tell you my preferred classes?

15. How does Sound Living 2013 use my preferences

16. How do I pay?

17. The registration pages aren't working on my computer ...

18. Can I register by mail?

19. I was partway through my registration yesterday, but today I get an empty form.

20. I registered online but never got the confirmation email - how long should I wait?

21. I need to change something on my registration.

22. I need to cancel my registration.


Answers


Event
1. How do I contact someone at Sound Living 2013

Contact WSU Snohomish County Beach Watchers at any of the following:

  • By Email: sound.living@wsu.edu
  • By Phone: (425) 357-6028
  • By US MAIL:
    Sound Living 2013
    600 128th St. SE
    Everett, WA 98208
2. What is Sound Living?

Sound Living is a One Day "Communiversity", or university for everyone.  It is designed to be a focused day of learning about the connections between the water, land and people of Snohomish County and vicinity.  This event is is brought to you by WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers and made possible through the community mindedness and dedication of our guest presenters, exhibiting organizations and the generous contributions of the Puget Sound Partnership and many other individual friends and businesses.

Each year, a small group of community members receive 100 hours of training to become Beach Watchers.  For each one of us, there are many more people who simply can't make that level of commitment at this time in their lives.  Sound Living is our effort to enable everyone who cares about Puget Sound / the Salish Sea to learn more about this place.  The goal of this gathering is to share what we have learned so that we can leave a lasting legacy of a healthy Puget Sound for future generations. 

Immerse yourself in Puget Sound for a day!  Explore the Connections you have with it.

3. When, Where is Sound Living 2013 ?
  • Saturday, November 9, 2013 - opens at 8, Keynote at 9, last class ends at 4. See Schedule for details.
  • Everett Community College, Everett WA. See Directions page for a map, and information on various transportation options.
4. Will you feed me?

Coffee and tea, and morning and afternoon snacks are provided as part of your registration fee.

An optional catered box lunch is available for an additional $8.00, and must be ordered at the time that you register.  The box lunch contains either a veggie, roast beef or turkey sandwich (you choose), a cookie, fruit and soda or water.

You are, of course, welcome to bring your own brown-bag lunch. (but please help us by using reusable or compostable containers; and please pack out all your non-compostable garbage)

5. Who are Beach Watchers?

WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers are volunteers dedicated to protecting the Salish Sea through education, research and stewardship.  Each year, a new class of community members take 100 hours of intensive classes on 'all things Puget Sound' and return 100 hours of volunteer time in two years. Collectively, just under 100 Snohomish County Beach Watchers give back more than 6,000 hours of volunteer service annually.

We work with our partners to contribute meaningfully to Salish Sea protection.  Here are a few examples of our work

  • collecting data on intertidal flora and fauna (extensive annual bio-assessment on 6 beaches, eelgrass along the intertidal zone, dead birds with COASST, juvenile salmon, forage fish egg collection, water quality collection...)
  • sharing what we know with people of all ages - as Beach Naturalists at local parks, as docents at nearby Aquariums and interpretative centers, as teachers inside classrooms; by planning special learning events for our neighbors; by giving talks and presentations throughout the county; by staffing booths at public events; by organizing events like Sound Living ...
  • cleaning up the beaches,  helping to plan for new stewardship areas like Port Susan, restoring streams, installing storm drain markers, ...

Sound Living is our largest educational outreach activity!  Our neighbors in Island County have been running Sound Waters, the model for this event, for over 15 years and fill a high school full of learners and teachers every February!  We aspire to that!  Sound Living is planned by Beach Watchers and their staff Coordinator, working as a team.   

You can find out more about Beach Watchers at our website at http://beachwatchers.wsu.edu/snohomish.

If you find the course offerings at Sound Living interesting, consider joining Beach Watchers - classes begin each spring - and more information will become available on our website in the new year.


Event - Special Cases
6. Accessibility -

All classrooms and meetings spaces are wheelchair accessible.  Room acoustics are very good.  Persons requiring special accommodations while participating may contact WSU Snohomish County Extension. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation on site.

7. Scholarships

We are unable to provide scholarships at this time. 

8. Student Registration

We have discounted the registration fee to $20 for active students.  Students IDs are required when you check-in for the event that day.

9. Teachers and CEU's

Sound Living is now requesting clock hour designation for teachers.  If you are a teacher, please register now and indicate in the registration that you are interested in clock hours.  We will have all necessary forms available at a special teacher registration table.

For more information, please contact the Sound Living Planning Team (sound.living@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6028). 


Class Choices
10. How do I choose sessions?

If you are interested in a particular field, look for classes in that field.  The program brochure has a 'topics at a glance' list on page 9.

11. Are there new classes this year?

All but one of our sessions is new this year.  The Program Chair works hard to ensure that we have a mix of new and old topics - we hope you enjoy them.

12. What does Intermediate mean on a class?

We have had feedback from previous Sound Living that a class description did not sufficiently indicate where some previous knowledge was required.

So classes that presume a prior class, or equivalent experience are marked as Intermediate.


Registration
13. When and how do I register?

Registration closed November 3rd, 11pm. Walkin registrations will be available on Nov 9 for a walkin fee of $40.00 ($30:00 for students and active military)

While registration is open you can:

  • register online by clicking on the Registration link on the left side of this or any other Sound Living 2013 web page.
  • download a paper application from the Downloads page, and mail it to us via US mail.
14. How do I tell you my preferred classes?

For each class session we ask that you rank the classes that you are interested in taking this year.

Put the class (or classes) that you would really like to take into Rank.1  Most people will get one of their Rank.1 classes.  But some years we have runaway class favorites, or a highly requested class must be cancelled at the last moment.  To help us assign people to classes in these situations, please also tell us a second set of classes that you would be interested in taking if -all- of your more highly ranked classes are already full.

Please note: classes within a Rank are assumed to be of identical preference.  There is no significance to the fact that they are shown in numeric order.

How do I tell you my preferences??

During registration, you will see a list of all of the classes in a session. 

  • To put class C5 into Rank.1, just put a 1 in the textbox to the left of C5.
  • To put C1 anf C3 into Rank.2, just put a 2 in the textboxes to the left of their lines.
  • To change a ranking, just change the textbox value.
  • Remove a class from the rankings by blanking out its textbox.

See next:  How does Sound Living 2013 use our preferences to assign classes

15. How does Sound Living 2013 use my preferences
  • The computer algorithm that assigns people to classes will balance the assignments to maximize the number of people getting one of their first-ranked classes. People are always assigned to classes in the order in which they registered, and based on their chosen ranking preferences.
  • We juggle classes between rooms up until a few days before the conference, in order to ensure that as many people as possible get their first-ranked classes..  (Only exception is where a presenter has requested a limited attendance)
  • In the few cases where  demand exceeds the maximum available classroom size for your first-ranked class/es, the algorithm will continue down your ranking preferences to find you an available class.  You are also put on the waiting list for the full class/es.
16. How do I pay?

If you register online, you have the option to

  • mail us a check,
  • pay by credit card (via paypal) see preview,
  • pay from your paypal account.

If you mail in a paper application, you must pay by check, made out to WSU Extension Beach Watchers.

All payments go to WSU Extension Beach Watchers.

17. The registration pages aren't working on my computer ...

You may download a registration form suitable for printing.  Print it, fill it out, and mail it along with your check to the address on the form.

Please include a note (or email us at sound.living@wsu.edu) with the following information:

  • what kind of computer (e.g., XP, Vista, Windows-7, Mac-_____, Ipad) you have,
  • what browser you are using (e.g., safari, firefox, internet explorer, ...)

We regret the inconvenience, but we are not able to test on every vintage of computer and browser.

18. Can I register by mail?

Yes.  Click on the Sound Living Program link to the left side of this or any Sound Living 2013 page, print out page 4 with the registration form, and mail it and your personal check following the instructions on the form.

19. I was partway through my registration yesterday, but today I get an empty form.

Your registration information is still in our database.
Click on the Find My Reg.... link on the left side of this or any other Sound Living 2013 page and follow the instructions to retrieve your partially completed form.

20. I registered online but never got the confirmation email - how long should I wait?

The confirmation email is sent immediately, so should arrive in your inbox within a minute.

It is sent via :XX_SENDING_EMAIL.

Please ensure that your mail account spam filters do not reject such emails. If you have done this and still do not receive a confirmation, send us an email at sound.living@wsu.edu and someone will get back with you.  Be sure to include your name and phone number.

21. I need to change something on my registration.

We do not support changes to registration once you have paid (or committed to do so).
For special cases, you may contact us (email is preferable, but remember that we are all volunteers, so it may take a while to get back to you).

22. I need to cancel my registration.

Please contact us immediately so that we can make your class slots available to other registrants.

To be eligible for a refund,
you MUST contact us
by 11pm Sunday, November 3rd

We regret that we cannot give refunds for cancellations beyond that date.

Refunds will be made in late November (when our volunteers have a chance to breathe again!)