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The Northwest Coastal Explorer: Your Guide to the Places, Plants, and Animals of the Pacific Coast

By Robert Steelquist

Steelquist inspires us all to be explorers and learn firsthand the importance of protecting magical places like the Pacific Northwest.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, explorer and President of Ocean Futures Society

The Pacific Northwest coast is one of the most spectacular corners of the planet. Its magnificent terrain, unique plants, and abundant wildlife make it an explorer’s paradise. Author and local expert Robert Steelquist knows every nook and cranny, and is right by your side, pointing out the natural wonders casual visitors often miss. Organized by habitat, the book profiles easy-to-find plants and animals in each environment, and reveals insider location tips—such as where to find bald eagle habitats and wild stands of carnivorous plants. Weekend trip suggestions target the best of coastal Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The Northwest Coastal Explorer is a treasury of experiences to delight every seaside adventurer.

Media reviews

"If wandering ocean beaches and coastal forests is part of your love affair with the Pacific Northwest, here’s a new guidebook to pop in your daypack. The Northwest Coastal Explorer, by Robert Steelquist, is a handsome softcover usefully organized by habitat area.…​It’s a little bit of everything, spotlighting what you’ll see most often."

Seattle Times

"Part field guide, part travel guide, Steelquist writes with the authoritative voice of that friend you want next to you on the trail or in the dunes—the one who knows just where to go for a weekend getaway and what to pack for the Pacific Northwest’s unpredictable weather."

Portland Monthly

"Very helpful to those exploring these areas who want to learn more about the terrain, plants, and animals they are likely to encounter. The work is recommended for libraries with environmental studies collections, as well as for individuals living in or visiting the area."


About the author

Robert Steelquist

Robert Steelquist is a native Pacific Northwest writer, photographer, naturalist, and environmental educator. Over his 30-year career, he has introduced readers, audiences, and students to nature in the Northwest through books, lectures, backpacking trips, and other outdoor learning adventures.

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