Estuary Escapades

estuary circleWhat is an estuary and why should you care? Join our Senior Guide youth volunteers throughout the summer to find out. Each week will offer a new activity or craft focusing on a different estuary plant or animal. Participate each week to see the estuary come to life and earn a stamp. Get an Estuary Badge by earning 8 stamps!

All ages are welcome to participate. No RSVP needed. FREE with Zoo Admission.

Dates: Every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday of the summer through August 24

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Location: Earth Aid Station (near Red Wolf Picnic Area)

highlighted species

  • June 22-June 28: Plants
  • June 29-July 5: Dragonflies
  • July 6-12: Clams/Mussels
  • July 13-19: Fish
  • July 20-26: Small shorebirds
  • July 27-August 2: Big shorebirds
  • August 3-9: Aquatic mammals
  • August 10-16: Terrestrial mammals
  • August 17-23: Human
  • August 24: Conservation actions

Bonus activities

Each bonus activity is another chance to earn a stamp!

  • Explore the Shore
    June 26, July 11, July 14, August 11

  • Plant Nature Walk
    June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23

  • Visit an estuary
    Take a picture of yourself with the sign at the estuary and show it to us at the Zoo.

Local estuaries:
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Wollochet Bay Estuary Park
Ballard Locks