Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Explore the Shore

Ever wonder what it’s like to run a finger over the back of a prickly pink sea star? Or hold a tiny ocean crab in the palm of your hand? Or stroll along the beach at low tide, learning about the animals there and helping catalog them for scientific research?

Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks, where we will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the information to the scientific NatureMapping database. Explore the Shore is a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about the biological diversity of local beaches and how to protect them.
Ages 5+. No RSVP needed. Each event will begin with a short introduction to tide pool animals. Come prepared with sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing. Sturdy shoes are recommended for walking on a gravel beach. Explore the Shore is FREE.
For more information, contact Amy Hale at 253.404.3665 or amy.hale@pdza.org.

2014 dates
Explore the Shore beach walks are timed to take advantage of the low tides that reveal many of Puget Sound’s most interesting shoreline creatures.

At the meet-up times listed below, participants can get a brief introduction to the day before the walk begins. Beach walks are designed to last about two hours, though you may want to explore the beach for a longer time.

Sunday, June 15 at 12:30
Thursday, June 26 at 10:30
Friday, July 11 at 10:00
Monday, July 14 at 12:15
Monday, August 11 at 11:15
Take the Pledge! Sign this sheet to remind yourself to trek the tidepools responsibly.