Outdoors

Dispatches: Youths can learn how to shoot shotguns for free

Mount Rainier National Park Associates will hold a volunteer work party Saturday, concentrating on trails in the Paradise area.
Mount Rainier National Park Associates will hold a volunteer work party Saturday, concentrating on trails in the Paradise area. Staff file

Shooting sports

Youths can try out shotguns

Youths 15 and younger will have the opportunity Saturday to fire shotguns at the shotgun range at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The free event provides the chance to shoot shotguns in .410, 20 gauge and 12 gauge. There also will be pellet and BB guns for smaller youths who are uncomfortable handling shotguns. The event will include a safety briefing, and there will be certified hunter education safety instructors on hand.

All firearms and ammunition, along with lunch, will be provided. Lunch will include hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pop and water.

“This is a great opportunity to try out shotguns shooting trap at clay targets in a safe, controlled environment,” said Ken Welsh, youth director for Pheasants Forever Chapter 257. “Typically, we expect to see about 90 kids.”

The annual event is put on by volunteers from the base, Western Washington Pheasant Releasers and Pheasants Forever Chapter 257.

It will take place from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The shotgun range can be accessed without going through security gates via East Gate Road about 4 miles south of the Roy Y. Signs will be posted.

For more information, contact Bill Ostrander at 253-847-3979 or The Northwest Adventure Center at 253-967-8260.

Mount Rainier

Join Paradise trail work party

Mount Rainier National Park Associates will hold a volunteer trail work party Saturday. The group is scheduled to work on trails in the Paradise area.

Volunteers should meet at the staircase behind the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center between 8:30-9 a.m. and be ready to leave at 9 a.m.

Participants should bring a lunch and plenty of fluids to drink, work gloves, safety glasses and rain gear. Be sure to bring a warm jacket, as the weather may change while on the work site.

If you plan to attend, send an email to John Titland, the group’s volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@mrnpa.org. Indicate how many people will be accompanying you and whether you plan to camp with the group.

Conservation

Learn to take water samples

The South Sound chapter of Surfrider Foundation is holding a training session Aug. 21 for people interested in water quality monitoring.

The chapter’s Blue Water Task Force regularly takes water samples at six public beaches in the Tacoma area. Students at Tacoma Public School’s Science and Math Institute then analyze the water.

The task force works with the state Department of Ecology’s Marine Beach Program to be sure the sampling process follows those used by the agency’s programs. High bacterial levels are reported to the Marine Beach Program immediately.

The training will last about 30 minutes. It will start at 4 p.m. at Jack Hyde Park on Ruston Way in Tacoma.

For details, more information or to sign up, email Bruce Hoeft at brucehoeft3@gmail.com.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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