For all of June and July, the Estuarium explored the world of our mostly microscopic friends, plankton. Did you know that the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, only eats plankton? Incredible!
You can learn all about the whale shark and all the other hundreds of elasmobranch* species during Shark Month at the Estuarium each weekend in August. We will have games, books, activities, and special guests to help us discover why sharks are so fascinating and how we can protect our 11 local Puget Sound shark species. It’s going to be JAW-some!
*a big science word for sharks, skates, and rays
- August 12, 2 PM: Talking Sharks w/Sandy Zeiner, Estuarium
- August 26, 2 PM: SHARKS! w/Dr. Dayv Lowry, Estuarium
When: August 27th, 1 – 5 pm. Click HERE for tickets: $55 members and $65 non-members are now available. Seats are limited, so you’ll want to order your tickets early!
Where: Leaving from Port of Olympia public dock (west of Anthony’s Homeport)
What: The Puget Sound Estuarium invites you and your friends to join us for our 9th annual SSEA the Sound cruise aboard the yacht, My Girl (pictured above).
Guest speakers: Wendy Gerstel, Applied Geologist, Trevor Contreras, WA Dept. of Natural Resources Mapping Geologist and Senator Karen Fraser will join us to share their knowledge of Puget Sound’s unique geology, shoreline processes and impact on the marine world.
Plan to join us for an afternoon cruise. We will learn about the geology of Puget Sound while enjoying conversation and good food. Most importantly, you will be supporting important Puget Sound Estuarium education programs!
It’s a Plankton Phenomena! In June and July, we are focusing on these very important organisms that are critical for estuary food webs.
The next featured events are community painting days on Saturday and Sunday, July 15th and 16th, from 9 AM – Noon. This event is weather dependent. So check here for updates.
So far, the weather looks good! It’s been hot out, so please bring proper clothes and be sure to stay hydrated!
For more information or to help, contact Carrie Ziegler at MyEarthArt@gmail.com.
Coming up, we have a very fun event at the Estuarium – it’s a Plankton Party on June 11th! Join us to watch plankton under a microscope as Mary Middleton from Pacific Shellfish Institute talks about plankton and how ocean acidification effects them. Carrie Ziegler will also review the plankton mural art project happening in July. So if you are interested in contributing to what’s going to be one of the coolest murals in Olympia, come down to our Plankton Party!
June 11th, 1-4 PM
Presenters start at 2 PM
Mary Middleton, Pacific Shellfish Institute
Carrie Ziegler, Artist
Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Do you love the beach as much as we do and want to inspire the community about Puget Sound’s intertidal life and habitats? We are currently recruiting volunteers for our 2017 Meet the Beach program. Meet the Beach provides natural interpretation to the general public and to K-12 groups at local beaches during summer low tide days.
Starting in April, we will be providing six training sessions, free of charge. No existing knowledge or experience is required. We will teach volunteers everything they need to know. As part of this program, new volunteers will need to submit a background check. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute at least 15 hours of service during the season and become an Estuarium member.
The Meet the Beach volunteer training is led by professional scientists and experts.
The 2017 classroom and beach training dates are:
- Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
- Thursday, April 20, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
- Sunday, April 30, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM at Tolmie Beach
- Thursday, May 4, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
- Thursday, May 11, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
- Saturday, May 13, 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM at Burfoot Beach
Volunteers can apply for the Meet the Beach Program by filling out an online application at HERE or contacting Susan Shelton at Susan@SSEAcenter.org. For more information about Meet the Beach, visit www.sseacenter.org/MTB.