Celebrate the extraordinary creatures that appear during extreme low tides at Point Robinson, June 23

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 

Photo of people on the beach near Pt. Robinson at the 2012 Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration
Visitors enjoy a sunny day at the 2012 Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration.
Photo: Michael Grilliot

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.

For more information, contact:

Rayna Holtz, 206-463-315
Erin Durrett, 206-463-0303

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