Part lecture, part excursion, these courses combine both the expertise of our instructors and the rich learning opportunities available in San Diego, outside the four walls of the classroom. Edventures may take place in more than one location (noted in course location description). Additional details will be sent before the start of a course to those who register.


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2019 Summer
OF 0009.03 The Culture and Cuisine of Greece

Travel back in time to the 5th century, the time of the lost oracles of Delphi, of lost ancient cities and rituals, and the famed great city of Alexandria. Join K. Hollan Van Zandt as she transports us to Ancient Greece through the eyes of her novel, Written in the Ashes, which follows her protagonist as she embarks on a journey between Egypt and Greece in the footsteps of the famous mathematician and philosopher Hypatia. Feast on an authentic Mediterranean lunch as we explore the ways that legend, history, and fiction intermingle.

Format: 30% Lecture, 70% Interactive discussion

Presenter: K. Hollan Van Zandt

K. Hollan Van Zandt was born and raised in Pacific Palisades, California. She has performed in a touring magic show, led yoga retreats to swim with wild dolphins, and teaches writing to students all over the world. She is a mother, a bird watcher, a pagan, and a graduate of Antioch University. Written in the Ashes is her first novel.

Course Date(s)
July 2 - July 2
Susan McBeth
2019 Summer
OF 0009.17 Tour of Catalina Offshore Products

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Catalina Offshore Products Fish Market, a seafood distribution and retail operation. Founded in 1977 by Dave Rudie, the company’s original offerings were seaweed and live sea urchins that Rudie harvested while diving off Catalina Island. Today, the company is one of the region’s premier seafood purveyors, offering a large variety of products that are fresh and sustainable. Learn the company’s rich history, the many local species of seafood, and the importance of buying sustainable seafood through a trusted fishmonger.

Format: 60% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion

Presenter: Tommy Gomes

Tommy Gomes isa native San Diegan whose Portuguese family of professional fishermen settled herein 1892. Working the city’s historic tuna fleets gave him a deep knowledge ofthe industry and the authority to be a leading voice in seafood education. Hestarted at Catalina Offshore Products in 2003 as a fish filleter, and today isthe company’s trusted fishmonger and public face. Gomes’ passion for local,sustainable seafood landed him on San Diego Magazine’s list of “50 People to Watch”in 2011; and made COP’s walk-in fish market a routine stop for San Diego’s bestchefs and foodies, folks looking to learn more about seafood, and even theoccasional celebrity.

Course Date(s)
June 19 - June 19
2019 Summer
OF 0009.18 The Marston House: Tour, Talk and Toast!

Celebrate our Balboa Park gem, the Marston House, in a trifecta of Edventure: guided tour, docent-led talk, and a reception under the shade of a sprawling live oak (enjoy cheese boards, crudités, and a mimosa). With its extensive grounds and buildings, the 8,500-square-foot Marston House gives a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of one of San Diego’s most prominent families. The four Marston daughters were all Wellesley grads. Helen, the boldest, sought to protect WWI refugees, campaigned for striking farmworkers and, at the age of 73, joined the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. Also learn about the master architects and landscape designers who worked with the family to create one of the region’s most important estates, which includes a gift shop full of memorabilia.

Format: 25% Lecture, 25% Interactive discussion, 50% Tour of Marston House

Presenter: Sarai Johnson

Sarai Johnson of Johnson & Johnson Architecture, is an architectural historian and historic preservationist. She has co-authored more than 50 historical designations, documenting important buildings and prominent citizens in Southern California. Her professional research includes the George and Anna Marston family members and their extensive social and philanthropic contributions to the greater San Diego community. Johnson frequently provides resourced historic content for articles, books, lectures, museum exhibits, videos, and television programs. She has been involved with the Marston House Museum & Gardens for more than 20 years and been an advocate for its ongoing success for the past nine years with Save Our Heritage Organisation.

Course Date(s)
July 26 - July 26