WHAT: The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, home to the famed Dungeness Spit, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. On Jan. 20, 2015, President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 2123 to establish the Dungeness Spit Reservation. In 1940, Presidential Proclamation 2416 changed the name to Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Saturday’s event is the kickoff celebration.
WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 17 .
WHERE: Roughly 16 miles southeast of the refuge at Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim. The refuge is at 554 Voice of America Road, Sequim. The parking lot is at the end of the road.
FEATURED PROGRAM: The lead event will be an illustrated presentation on the history of the refuge by the refuge historian Dr. John Maxwell and refuge manager Jennifer Brown-Scott. The celebration also will include cake, punch, displays and a visit by actors portraying Theodore and Edith Roosevelt.
FUTURE EVENTS: Anniversary activities will take place monthly now through November. The schedule includes bird walks, geology walks and presentations by the New Dungeness Light Station Association and the Coastal Watershed Institute. There will also be a Kids’ Day in June with many hands-on activities.
ABOUT THE REFUGE: The refuge is open from sunrise to a half hour before sunset daily. Activities include hiking, fishing, wildlife watching and photography . On Dec. 14, 1857, the New Dungeness Lighthouse near the end of the 5-mile spit became the first operational light in the Salish Sea. The refuge is home to 244 bird species, 18 types of land mammals and 11 marine mammal species. There is a $3 entrance fee (good for four adults).
COST: The event is free.
INFORMATION: dungeness100.com .