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Explore the Shore

June 24, 2024
12:30PM - 2:30PM
Discover the world of low tide.
Owen Beach, Point Defiance Park.

Underwater, revealed

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 2 hours, though you may stay longer if you like.
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