Photo by Cheryl Lowe
Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

Public Programs include:

  • Shoreline landowner workshops
  • Interpretive signs about eelgrass, rain gardens, Olympia oysters
  • Rain garden workshops
  • Guided beach walks (Photo at left)
  • Public programs about ocean acidification, oil spill preparedness, voluntary no-anchor zones and more
  • Encouraging proper disposal of pet waste and other stewardship actions

Resources for Shoreline Landowners

Free shoreline landowner workshops help landowners understand more about coastal geology, including sediment movement along the shore, the role of feeder bluffs, vegetation management and better options for protecting structures. The MRC and Northwest Straits Foundation offer workshops almost every year, including 2 workshops in 2018. See the Resource Page for links to landowner resources or the Northwest Straits Foundation Shoreline Landowner Program.

Shore Friendly Programs assist marine shoreline homeowners who are interested in voluntarily removing all or part of their old bulkhead. The Kitsap Shore Friendly Program's video explains why this idea makes sense to waterfront homeowners. Jefferson County has similar shorelines, so you can really visualize what might be possible.  See the video at  http://shorefriendlykitsap.com 

Digging for Dinner (photo at top) is another popular MRC event offered in partnership with WA Fish and Wildlife. This public program provides instruction on safe and sustainable shellfish harvesting.

High tides in Port Townsend

Tides, King Tides & Storm Events

With more high tides and winter storm events, people are asking about king tides. What are king tides and why are they important?  The WSU Extension Winter 2017 Shore Stewards Newsletter gives a quick refresher on tides and explains why these highest predicted tides of the year might help us visualize the future. Anyone can subscribe to the WSU Shore Stewards email list to get periodic newsletter notices.

The MRC helped develop two new interpretive signs for the Fort Townsend State Park nearshore restoration in 2016. Artwork is by Larry Eifert.

Voluntary no-anchor zone interpretive signs (left) are posted along the PT waterfront. A rain garden sign (right) is mounted near the beach outfall pipe at the NW Maritime Center to explains how rain gardens are cleaning this stormwater.

Education & Outreach