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Explore the Shore

August 2, 2019
11:45AM - 1:15PM
Discover the world of low tide. Owen Beach, Point Defiance Park. Free.

Underwater, revealed

Discover, uncover
the world of low tide
Discover a world that's uncovered and covered with each tide. Walk Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park with our naturalists, who'll help you spot and identify tidal animals like crabs, shellfish, anemones and more.
It's your beach.
Explore it.
Ages 5 and up. Free. Meet on the beach near the parking lot and register at the event tent. Beach walks last 1.5 hours, though you may stay longer if you like.
Counting shoreline trash

It was a sunny Saturday in Tacoma – perfect for the beach. But as Zach Hawn and Kailee Bynum picked their way across Owen Beach with five Zoo volunteers, they weren’t just there for the weather. They were there to count and clean up trash, joining dozens of walkers, kayakers and even divers in the second annual Tacoma Shoreline Survey. Cleaning and counting Organized by the Ikkatsu Project to survey the entirety of Tacoma’s shoreline for marine debris, the Shoreline…

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A Tidal Surge of Support

As a young boy watches, face pressed to the glass wall, a flood of bubbly white water gushes through the Tidal Surge habitat. As water washes over them, green anemones wave and pink sea stars cling to the rocks. The bubbles subside and the boy stares, enthralled – even before he’s set foot inside the Pacific Seas Aquarium. Tidal Surge is a brand-new exhibit for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, right outside as guests head down the entry ramp. It…

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Red wolf pups meet the vet

PUPDATE! – NAME THE PUPS Help choose names for our eight adorable red wolf pups. Take the survey HERE.   When Dr. Karen Wolf picks up eight newborn red wolf pups one by one, it’s more than just a routine – though adorable – new pup exam. It’s a victory. “American red wolves are critically endangered, so having these pups here is really special,” says Wolf, head veterinarian at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where the litter was born last…

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A Plastic-Free Ocean
Explore the shore, and you may find more than just marine creatures. Our oceans are filling up with plastic - and it's up to us to stop the tide.