News Release 11-023
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Christina Dinzl-Pederson, (360) 387-3342 Christina.Dinzl-Pederson@parks.wa.gov
Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559 Sandy.Mealing@parks.wa.gov
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Celebrate ocean awareness at Cama Beach State Park
Jun. 3, 2011 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the second annual CamOcean Festival at Cama Beach State Park.
The one-day festival runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S.W. Camano Drive, Camano Island. The event features live music, beach walks, arts and crafts, guest speakers, storytellers, in-water rescue demonstrations and educational booths and hands-on activities by more than 30 organizations focused on water restoration and ocean conservation. Additional parking for the event is located at nearby Camano Island State Park, 2269 S. Lowell Point Road, Camano Island, with free shuttle service to the festival.
Scheduled events include:
• Live music by the Home Grown Tomatoes and the Cajun Redhots
• Low-tide beach walks with the Washington State University Beach Watchers
• In-water rescue demonstrations by the Stanwood-Camano Fire Rescue Crew
• Miniature boat building with The Center for Wooden Boats
• Beach walks and storytelling with Jourdan Keith, “"Talk like a Pirate" with Captain Fuzzy Beard and story-time with Smokey the Bear and the US Forest Service
• Guided Nature walks with Holly Zox, horticulture instructor at Edmonds Community College
• Presentations by guest speakers John F. Williams of Still Hope Productions, Bill Dewey with Taylor Shellfish,
Outreach Coordinator Adam Lorio for the Samish Indian Nation Department of Natural Resources, Dr. David Bain of the Cascadia Environmental Science Center and photojournalist Barb Roy
Boat and kayak rentals for discounted rates will be available at the event, provided by The Center for Wooden Boats.
World Oceans Day is an international awareness campaign recognized by the United Nations in 2008 to promote ocean conservation education. Coordinated by the Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network, the bi-annual theme for 2011-2012 is "Youth: The Next Wave of Change." Organizations around the globe play host to events aimed towards changing perspectives on water conservation, educating the world about ocean awareness and celebrating the shared resource of the ocean.
Cama Beach State Park is a 433-acre historic fishing resort with more than 6,000 feet of rocky beach. The park provides sweeping views of Saratoga Passage, Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountain Range. The area now known as Cama Beach State Park was used for centuries by Native Americans for fishing and hunting. It was later developed into a fishing resort, popular with families for more than 50 years.
For more information about the CamOcean Festival, please visit www.camabeachfoundation.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CamOcean page on Facebook. Presented in cooperation by the Cama Beach Foundation, The Center for Wooden Boats, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and many festival volunteers.
The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 98-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Washington State Parks is now on Twitter at WaStatePks_NEWS and YouTube at WashingtonStateParks.