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Discover Camano Island State Park

August 10, 2023 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

DISCOVER Camano Island State Park logo

FUN FREE Community Event at Camano Island State Park

2023-07-8 feather flag
LOOK for the feather flags!
  • 11 am to 2 pm at 4 stations in the park – look for 4 feather flags
  • Follow signs to the Boat Launch and you’ll see the 4 flags
  • Give-Aways: Magnifying Glass, Junior Steward Booklet, Beach Etiquette Bookmark, Crab Gauge & Cord, Dog Poop Bags
  • Discover Pass Required: you can check one out from the Stanwood or Camano Library-reserve it in advance, or buy one at the campground onsite

See what nature has to share … let Sound Water Stewards be your guides to Camano Island State Park’s habitats and species, and why they matter.

  • Have you seen orange sea water this summer, or bioluminescence? we’ll show you the plankton responsible.
  • Have you heard of the invasive green crab threat? We will show you what they look like and how you can distinguish them from the native crabs plus we’ll invite you to look for crab molts in the wrack line at 1:30 pm.
  • What is a wrack line? We’ll show you.
  • Barnacles feed when the tide comes in. You can watch them underwater in an aquarium using a microscope, along with hermit crabs, shore crabs and snails.
  • Do you know who to thank for 50% of the oxygen you breathe? Plankton in the sea. You can see plankton under a microscope at the kitchen picnic shelter.
  • Learn keys to catching more Dungeness Crab.
  • Are shellfish safe to eat? We can tell you about the shellfish safety map and describe the Sound  Toxins program in which we identify plankton and collect data for the State Department of Health.
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt.
  • Have you seen bald eagles? Do you know what they sound like? We’ll tell you about the ones residing in this State Park.
  • Camano Island State Park (CISP) is home to eelgrass and bull kelp beds.
  • Walk the Al Emerson Trail to find old-growth Douglas Fir trees or along the bluff or beach trails to see magnificent Pacific Madrone trees.
  • We’ll showcase the native plants and flowers found inside the park. Then you can go find them on your own.

Hosted by nature. Presented by Sound Water Stewards.

Give-Aways: Magnifying Glass, Junior Steward Booklet, Beach Etiquette bookmark, Rot Cord for your crab pot, Dog Poop bags to use when picking up after your pet.

Guided Trail Walk at 1 to 2 pm: with Ranger Meredith – Meet at the Al Emerson Trail (near campground). Meredith presents human and natural history of the park; topics include wildlife, trees, trails and much more. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Molt Search at 1:30 pm: Meet at picnic shelter. Everyone can learn and help!

The Salish Sea faces intense challenges. Human-caused pollution and over-use have degraded marine ecosystems. Everyone can play a role in stewardship. Learn what you can do!

Note these 4 Stations:

See the Al Emerson Trail Map:

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