Free summer programs continue this month at the Padilla Bay nature center with its popular Beach Seines and Mudflat Safaris.
Beach Seines, in which participants can help naturalists drag a net through the waters of Padilla Bay to collect specimens from the bay's submarine eelgrass meadow, are from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. No registration is necessary.
Beach Seine programs are at Bay View State Park, which is about one-quarter mile south of Padilla Bay's Breazeale Interpretive Center.
Mudflat Safaris are during minus tides from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 and 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 22. Nature center guides will lead a limited number of participants into the eelgrass meadow, which be exposed during the extreme low tides and allow a close-up look at marine life. For best exploring, wear old shoes that tie or tight-fitting boots that won't pull off.
The program begins at the nature center and ends at Bay View State Park. Registration is required, but space remained available for both dates this week. Call 360-428-1558 or go online to padillabay.gov.
Breazeale Interpretive Center is part of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Preserve and features aquariums and natural history exhibits focusing on the Salish Sea and nearby Padilla Bay.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Parking is free, and the center has clean restrooms and several miles of trails, including beach access. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Nearby Bay View State Park requires a $30 seasonal Discover Pass or a $10 day-use fee.