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Posted on: April 27, 2017

17-022 Dosewallips unveils 2017 interpretive programs



Meryl Lipman, (360) 902-8557
Ranger Steve Dippery, (360) 796-4415

Events include wildlife visits, edible plants, children’s stories and stargazing

OLYMPIA – April 27, 2017 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces its summer schedule of entertaining, intriguing and educational evening interpretive programs at Dosewallips State Park, on the western shore of Hood Canal, south of Brinnon.

The interpretive programs run from May 6 through Sept. 30, at the amphitheater in Dosewallips State Park, 306996 Highway 101, Brinnon. (Directions)

Programs include interactive workshops on poisonous plants and stinging insects, edible plants and berries, nocturnal animals of the area, history of the park and stories of Smokey Bear. Family-friendly activities include guided walks to explore salmon life cycles and visits from rescued wildlife. Programs include games and interactions with different specimens.
Unless otherwise indicated, the following programs will take place at 8 p.m. in the Dosewallips State Park amphitheater:

  • Hidden in Hood Canal, Saturday, May 6; Sunday, May 28; Saturday, Aug. 5
    Find out from a ranger about the park’s abundant marine life, including the shellfish and saltwater life only visible at low tide.
  • Animals of the Night, Saturday, May 13; Saturday, Aug. 12; Sunday, Sept. 3;
    Listen to a ranger talk on the nocturnal animals that live in the park.
  • Identifying the Trees of Dosewallips, Saturday, May 20; Saturday, Sept. 16
    Learn about the trees of the park and how to identify them .
  • Things that Sting, Saturday, June 3
    Enjoy an interactive ranger talk on poisonous plants and stinging insects of the region.
  • Berries and Edible Plants, Saturday, June 10
    Learn from a ranger about foraging for edible plants in the area, with tasting and specimens.
  • Recycle-in-the-Park Program, Saturday, June 17
    Get tips and tricks on recycling from the park, which also serves as the community’s recycling hub.
  • Wildlife Visit from West Sound Wildlife Shelter, Saturday June 24; July 22; Aug.26  
    and Sept. 9.
    See wildlife up close. Wildlife specialists from the West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island will bring rescued wildlife and talk about the Shelter’s efforts to rehabilitate and release injured, orphaned or sick birds and animals: June 24—Ranger, the Peregrine falcon; July 22—Cedar, the red-tailed hawk; 7 p.m., Aug. 26—Sunny, the great horned owl; Sept. 9—surprise guest.
  • July 4 Special, Sunday, July 2
    Watch and listen to a ranger talk about Independence Day, complete with mini historical re-enactments.
  • Roosevelt Elk, Saturday, July 8
    A herd of more than 70 elk call the Dosewallips area home. Hear more about their behavior, range and habitat during this engaging ranger talk.
  • How to Make Rescue Bracelets, Saturday, July 15
    Learn to make a bracelet out of para-cord, which can be also be unraveled and used to fix gear or string up an emergency shelter.
  • The Story of Smokey Bear, Saturday, July 29
    Listen to a park ranger read this classic children’s story out loud.
  • History of the Park and Brinnon, Saturday, Aug. 19
    Learn from a ranger about the area’s uniquely western Washington history, including logging and homesteading, with artifacts from this earlier era.
  • Life of Salmon, Saturday, Sept. 23 (north restroom – closest to the river.)
    Take a guided walk with a park ranger to the Dosewallips River to see the salmon spawning grounds and to learn about the life cycle of this extraordinary fish.
  • Stargazing, Saturday, Sept. 30 (Note: This program begins at 9 p.m.)
    Peer through telescopes or binoculars to identify the North Star and several constellations and learn to use the stars for navigation purposes.

In addition to the above events, the park will also show movies for children at 8 p.m. on May 27, July 1 and Sept. 2. For more details about the programs at Dosewallips, contact Ranger Steve Dippery at (360) 796-4415. Dosewallips programs—and other state park events—are also listed on Washington State Parks calendar of events.

About Dosewallips State Park

Dosewallips State Park, 60 miles north of Olympia, is a freshwater/saltwater park that that attracts day, overnight and Olympic Peninsula road trip visitors. The 1,000-acre, year-round camping park features 5 miles of shoreline on Hood Canal and the Dosewallips River. The park’s shell-strewn delta will delight clam-diggers, anglers, boaters, birders and beach explorers. The park features riverside campsites, cabins and five-person platform tents. More information about the park is here:


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

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