Join the Washington State Parks Foundation with partners Harbor Wild Watch, Killer Whale Tales and Inspired Classroom, May 9, 10, 11 and May 15, 16, 17th, 2017 for a virtual, Interactive Distance Learning Event. A live RSS feed with moderated chat will connect students to Penrose Point and Lime Kiln Point State Park.  Students will learn about the Puget Sound ecosystem while practice identifying Killer Whale calls, take a close look at Starfish, Plankton, Shellfish and other marine creatures! Please feel free to register for both classes. Follow us on Twitter at #journeytotheparks #exploresalishsea 


Penrose Point State Park:  May 9, 10, 11, 2017

Join us for the Virtual Tide Pool Excursion event that introduces students to the plants and animals that inhabit the near shore environment of Puget Sound. Led by experienced naturalists, students have the opportunity to see and ask questions about algae and marine invertebrates through live touch-tanks and a virtual beach walk.

Visitors will learn about the anatomy, feeding habits and the amazing adaptations these creatures must possess in order to live in the harsh beach environment. The goal of this interactive program is to bring awareness and respect for the species that share our home and encourage stewardship for our natural resources.

Lime Kiln Point State Park: May 15, 16, 17, 2017

Description: Killer Whale enthusiast, researcher and Executive Director of Killer Whale Tales environmental science curriculum, Jeff Hogan, will engage students in Killer Whale identification and research including 1) the four specific criteria that whale researchers use to identify individual whales and 2) why tracking individual whales, and therefore identification, is an important part of whale research. Students will participate in a hands-on/minds-on activity where they will experience what it is like to communicate through sound and sound only. Students will identify different Killer Whale pods based on recordings of the Puget Sound Killer Whale pods.