Families looking for an opportunity to walk along an area beach, and learn something while doing so, should consider the Get Your Feet Wet programs offered by Harbor WildWatch.
Led by experienced naturalists and trained volunteers, participants see and touch marine creatures in touch tanks, and ask questions while taking a guided beach walk through the intertidal habitat.
“The Get Your Feet Wet program introduces children and adults to the plants and animals that inhabit the near shore environment of Puget Sound,” said Rachel Easton, program coordinator for the Gig Harbor-based marine and environmental education group.
Visitors learn about anatomy, feeding habits and adaptations that allow creatures to live in the sometimes harsh beach environment, Easton said.
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“The goal is to bring awareness and respect for the species that share our home and encourage stewardship for our natural resources,” she added.
The interpretive programs are held at beaches in the Gig Harbor area, including several state parks, on most low-tide days through August.
No registration is required. Just look for the blue canopy on the beach and the volunteers and naturalists wearing blue shirts and hats.
Here are some of the beach walk programs. The full schedule is on the group’s website.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kopachuck State Park, 10712 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor; and Penrose Point State Park, 321 158th Ave. KPS, Lakebay.
Thursday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Joemma Beach State Park, 20001 Bay Road KPS, Longbranch; and Manchester State Park, 7767 E. Hilldale, Port Orchard.
Friday: Noon-3 p.m., Kopachuck and Penrose.
Saturday: 1-4 p.m. Kopachuck and Penrose.
July 5: 2-4 p.m. Purdy Sand Spit County Park, state Route 302 KPN, Gig Harbor; and Joemma Beach.
Information: 253-514-0187, harborwildwatch.org.