Explore the Shore
Ever wonder what it’s like to run a finger over the back of a prickly pink sea star? Or hold the tiniest of ocean crabs in a hand? Or stroll along the beach at low tide, both learning about the animals there and helping catalog them for scientific research?
Explore the Shore will show children, adults and families how to do all of those things this summer as well as help them learn more about Puget Sound’s beaches and the creatures that live there.
All dates for Explore the Shore are timed to take best advantage of the low minus tides that reveal many of Puget Sound’s most interesting shoreline creatures.
The events and programs are free and open to the public and reservations are not required. Bring sunscreen and wear shoes and clothing appropriate for walking on rough beach terrain.
Explore the Shore is for ages 5 and up and meets at Owens Beach at Point Defiance Park. Zoo naturalists accompany participants on low tide beach walks, where kids and adults will learn to identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location for addition to the scientific Nature Mapping database (http://naturemappingfoundation.org). Participants will learn about the biological diversity of local beaches and better understand how to protect them.
All programs have meet-up times so participants can get a brief introduction to the day before the walk begins. They’re designed to last about two hours, though people may want to explore the beach for a longer time.
- June 9, meet at 11 a.m.
- June 26, meet at 12:30 p.m.
- July 7, meet at 10 a.m.
- July 22, meet at 10 a.m.
- Aug. 20, meet at 9:30 a.m.