Gig Harbor Activities – Explore Sea Life
The Gig Harbor and peninsula areas are home to an abundance of saltwater adventures. Aside from enjoying a leisurely visit to the many state parks with beach access throughout the year, Gig Harbor Wildwatch offers summer programs to educate and fascinate. Beach interpretive programs are held on mostly low-tide days during the spring and summer. Participants will experience live specimans in wet touch tanks, obtained by permit by Harbor Wildwatch volunteers. The following is a list summer programs for 2008. Get specfic details at www.harborwildwatch.com.
June 2-6 at Penrose and Kopachuck State Park
June 7-8 at Jerisich Dock during the Maritime Gig
June 18-19 at Penrose and Kopachuck State Parks
June 20 at the Purdy Spit and Narrows Park
June 21 at Penrose Point and at Kopachuck State Park
June 28 at Jerisich Dock
July 1-5 at Penrose and Kopachuck State Parks
July 12 at Jerisich Dock and Joemma Beach State Park
July 17-18 at Penrose, Kopachuck State Parksand the Purdy Spit
July 19 at Jerisich, Purdy Spit and Manchester State Park
July 20 at Jerisich Dock and Purdy Spit
July 26 at Jerisich Dock and Joemma Beach State Park
July 30 at Penrose,Kopachuck and Manchester State Parks and the Purdy Spit
July 31 at Penrose and Kopachuck State Parks
Aug 1 at Penrose and Kopachuck State Parks
Aug 2 at Penrose and Kopachuck State Parks and the Purdy Spit
Aug 7 at Jerisich Dock and Joemma State Park
Aug 16 at Narrows Park
Aug 23 at Jerisich Dock and Joemma State Park
Tips to help you be on your best beach behavior:
* If you move plants or rocks, please put them back exactly as you found them. Many of the critters who live on the beach have very specific requirements in order to survive. If you remove them from their habitat, they may fall prey to feet, predators or the elements and die.
* Dry hands can hurt animals. Always touch intertidal life with wet hands. Handle the animals gentle. Do not pry the animals off surfaces, you can hurt them.
* Don’t remove an animal from the water very long. A good rule of thumb: lift it up, count to ten slowly while you look at it, and put it back.
* Always return each animal to the exact spot where you found it. If you don’t place them back where you found them, they probably won’t survive.
* Nothing living goes home with us. If you take live animals or plants home they will die and get thrown away where no one else will ever have a chance to enjoy them.
* Bring a bag to collect litter as you walk on the beach. Many of the animals who live in and around the water do not chew or taste their food. They just gulp it!!
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