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What's the Point: Beach exploration and low tide walk at Point Whitehorn

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What's the Point: Beach exploration and low tide walk at Point Whitehorn

Time: June 24, 2017 from 10am to 2pm
Location: Point Whitehorn Marine Park
Street: 6899 Koehn Rd
City/Town: Blaine
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Phone: 360-733-8307
Event Type: community, event
Organized By: Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee
Latest Activity: Jun 16, 2017

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The community is invited to the annual What’s the Point beach exploration event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Point Whitehorn Marine Park, 6899 Koehn Rd, Blaine. The mid-day low tide is -3.1 feet at 12:05 p.m.

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During the event, naturalists familiar with intertidal creatures and seaweeds, birds, native plants, forest ecology, and local geology will answer questions and lead tours along Point Whitehorn Beach, an extraordinary stretch of natural shoreline teeming with wildlife. Children can play a game of naturalist bingo as they hunt for various plants and animals, and explore tidepools with expert storytellers. Naturalists include:


-Casey Cook of the Marine Life Center, Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom, and Doug Stark of the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, who will lead kid-friendly tidepool explorations and tell astounding stories about how tidepool creatures live.

-Marine specialists Bob Lemon, Lynne Givler, Marie Hitchman, and marine biologist Michael Kyte, who will teach people about the plants and animals in the intertidal zone.

-Geologist Dave Tucker, who will lead field trips to investigate beach and bluff geology. Field trip times will be announced the day of the event.

-Lyle Anderson of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee, who will be on the forest trail to the beach teaching people about native plants.

-Nick Skye with Whatcom Land Trust, who will lead walks to and from the beach explaining how the forest ecosystem relates to the beach.

-The Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which will have a booth with touchable pelts of marine animals.

The trail at Point Whitehorn Marine Park meanders through a forested wetland and is wheelchair accessible for ¾ mile, including viewpoints at the top of the bluff overlooking the beach and the Strait of Georgia. Porta potties are available in the parking lot.  


Participants should bring picnic lunches and drinking water, outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes, waterproof sunscreen, and bags to pack trash out. Please leave furry friends at home — dogs are not allowed in this county park.


The event is sponsored by Whatcom Land Trust and the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee, in partnership with the Marine Life Center, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Whatcom County Parks & Recreation, and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.


Directions: Take I-5 Exit 266 and drive west on Grandview Road for 8.5 miles. Follow the road as it curves left and becomes Koehn Road. Continue 1/2 mile to the parking lot on the left.

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