Upcoming Events/Activities at the ESTUARIUM

Arts Walk

Experience the Living Estuary, made from recycled materials by local students and proudly displayed at the South Sound Estuarium and Precession of the Species during spring Arts Walk. April 25 and 26 at the South Sound Estuarium.

Students of the South Sound Citizen Action Training School  are bringing an estuary to the Procession of the Species and Art’s Walk. Students from the Lincoln and ORLA elementary schools started with a visit to the South Sound Estuarium. For many students this was their first introduction to Estuaries.  The follow up classroom education and art work begins the first week of April, and expands to workshops at the procession studio. Special thanks to the Community Sustaining Fund for their sponsorship, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group for offering the Citizen Action Training School, and the Deschuetes Estuary Restoration Team for work on the living estuary project. South Sound Estuary Association is a proud co-sponsor of this project, and we hope you will show your support of this collaborative project during arts walk weekend.

Family Arts and Crafts

“Create your own Plankton” Craft Project- April 5, 12-3 at the Estuarium

Learn what plankton is, and make one of your own. Craft supplies will be provided- use art materials and your imagination to make plankton of your own, then take it home with you!

“Marine Creature Masks” Craft Project- April 19, 12-3 at the Estuarium

Explore the marine tanks in the Estuarium and create a mask to “see through their eyes”. Pick between the Sea Star, Sea Anemone, or Crab template to create your very own mask! Using the templates to color and trace whichever sea creature you’d like and cut it out to make a mask to take home! Think about how that sea creature survives in our estuaries in the South Sound.

“Snails and Limpets” Craft Project- May 3, 12-3 at the Estuarium

Slow and majestic, lets learn about the lives of these gastropods and decorate your own “shell home”.

Special Exhibits

“Shells of the Pacific Northwest” Special Exhibit, with guest Bert Bartleson- April 26, 12-3

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April 4th, 2014 Pier Peer at Boston Harbor

Join South Sound Estuary Association at Boson Harbor Marina for Pier Peer night-lighting events the first Friday night of each month.   Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures.  Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights.  Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before! Sign up now for an event – the first Friday of every month – Spring to fall.  Start time 8pm.

Click here to register for Friday April 4th: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xcpwlrdab&oeidk=a07e8s9pkpn78b3ff49

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March 19th, Discovery Speaker ” Birds of South Puget Sound”, what changes are we seeing in bird life with the breaching of the dikes at Nisqually Refuge

March 19th Discovery Speakers – Phil Kelley and Whittier Johnson, Black Hills Audubon

March 19, Whittier Johnson and Shelley Horn of Black Hills Audubon, “Waterbirds & Shorebirds of Puget Sound: observations from the field”.  Whittier and Shelley will talk about South Sound shorebirds, where we generally see various shorebird species, when, why, and changes in observations.  A prime example of a place/reason for changes in species mix and observations is the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge where breaching of the dike changed the nature of the tidal area there, hence shorebird use.  Join us and learn about the changes.

For more information about Black Hills Aububon, click the link below.

LOTT’S WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE, Olympia
Doors open at 6:30. Speakers from 7 – 8:30 pm  
No entrance fee or pre-registration
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SSEA Welcomes Wendy Eklund!

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South Sound Estuary Association Welcomes Wendy Eklund as our new program manager.  She will head up the Beach Naturalist and Connecting Youth to the Health of Puget Sound programs.

She brings excellent experience to SSEA.  She shared her love of the marine world with SSEA as a Beach Naturalist and many other local groups as a field trip leader doing nearshore and water quality school trips and camps.  After living in Idaho where she led Salmon and Steelhead Days experiences and Nature Camps (along with raising her boys and doing GIS work),  she moved to our area.  While living in New England she was was involved in environmental education camps on the Ponkapoag quaking bog and swam with horseshoe crabs in New England.

Wendy brings a love of connecting all ages to nature, a commitment to providing fulfilling volunteer opportunities and a desire to impact  the health of Puget Sound.

She enjoys music and learned Sea Shanties on the Tall Ship Adventuress, was a park ranger on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and earned a degree in Environmental Education from Huxley College, WWU.

 Please make her welcome in this new role with SSEA.  We are delighted to have her part of the SSEA TEAM!
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March 19th Discovery Speakers – Phil Kelley and Whittier Johnson, Black Hills Audubon

March 19, Phil Kelley and Whittier Johnson for Black Hills Audubon, “Waterbirds & Shorebirds of Puget Sound: observations from the field”. Have you seen a change in the yearly migrations?

For more information about Black Hills Aububon, click the link below.

LOTT’S WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE, Olympia
Doors open at 6:30. Speakers from 7 – 8:30 pm  
No entrance fee or pre-registration
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Pier Peer Resumes March 7th, 8pm

Library - 258Pier Peer resumes on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8pm.

Join South Sound Estuary Association at Boson Harbor Marina for Pier Peer night-lighting events the first Friday night of each month.   Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures.  Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights.  Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before! Pre-registration is required.

FEE: $10 for all over 12, 6 -11 free, not appropriate for uner 5.

Sign up now for an event. Click here for more information and to register.  http://sseacenter.wordpress.com/pier-peer/

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March 2nd, 1 – 3pm FUN at the Estuarium

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We have a fun event coming up at the Estuarium!
 
On the afternoon of March 2nd, from 1 – 3 pm Bert Bartleson of the Pacific Northwest Shell Club will be leading a workshop on local shell identification. As a bonus, Bert will do his best to identify any shell you bring in or have a picture of.
 
Regular admission fee.
 
Visit us and meet this amazing shell guy!

 

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