Here are some things you don’t see on an everyday beach walk in Puget Sound:
• A hairy or mossy chiton
• A frilled dog whelk
• A sea lemon
• A shaggy mouse
• Turkish towel
But on a low tide—we’re talking a really low tide—these animals and plants come into full view. You can see them at the Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 23, at Point Robinson Park.
The day’s low tide will be -3.4 feet, giving you the opportunity to explore seldom-seen tide pools, with Vashon Beach Naturalists as guides.
Bring the whole family to this free, local, educational, and all natural event. Highlights include:
• Welcoming Skipper Mike Evans and the Blue Heron Canoe Family with a traditional Salish welcoming song as they paddle their way to Point Robinson to honor the celebration.
• Learning about traditional native uses of shoreline resources from Odin Lonning, Tlingit artist and cultural educator.
• Touring the Point Robinson Lighthouse and hear about its history from Head Keeper, Captain Joe Wubbold.
• Witnessing the beauty of the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve and learn the many ways you can help protect this valuable natural resource.
A shuttle bus will run along Point Robinson Road to transport people between their parked cars and the festivities. Refreshments, native crafts and Low Tide T-shirts will also be available for sale. To get to Vashon by ferry, take either the Fauntleroy – Vashon Island or the Point Defiance – Talequah ferries.
The Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration is sponsored by: Vashon Beach Naturalists, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Vashon Hydrophone Project, Washington Scuba Alliance, Vashon Park District, Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society, Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, King County, Vashon College and Keepers of Point Robinson.
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