“What’s The Point?” Family-friendly beach exploration day

Saturday, June 22nd from 10am to 2pm at Point Whitehorn Park. Low tide beach tours, community booths, and more!

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What’s The Point? is a free, family-friendly event featuring low tide beach tours, community booths, and more at Point Whitehorn Park!

Beach naturalists will be there to help you learn about tidal habitats and the critters who call this place home. We’ll hold scheduled talks to learn about different aspects of the area, and local partners will share more ways to get involved in protecting and exploring this area. Please leave your dogs at home!

We hold this day of beach fun each year during one of the extreme low tides around the summer solstice. This makes for some of the best beachcombing and wildlife sightings you can get.

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Co-hosts: RE Sources, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Stewardship Committee, Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network, North Cascades Audubon Society, Blaine-Birch Bay Parks and Recreation, Whatcom Conservation District

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Event details

Nature talk @ 10:15am: Meet Pam Borso with North Cascades Audubon Society at the start of the ADA accessible trail (by the parking lot) and take a walk back through the park towards the beach to learn about birds, plants, and the ecosystem of the area.

Geology talk @ 11:00-11:30am: Meet Doug Clark, a geology professor at WWU, down at the beach (base of the stairs)  to learn about the geology of Point Whitehorn! This interpretive talk will be around half an hour.

Parking, accessibility & restrooms

Please park at 7039 Jackson Rd. There will be a shuttle between this parking area and the trailhead at the park starting at 9:45am. There are minimal parking spots available at the park.

The park has an ADA-accessible 0.75 mile walk (packed gravel path) to viewpoints, and there is a 0.1 mile non-ADA accessible walk down to the beach. More information about the park can be found at the park website.

There will be two porta-potties at the start of the trail; one ADA accessible. There are no bathrooms down on the beach.

No pets or bicycles are allowed at the reserve.