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Free classes for kids, adults at Padilla Bay nature center

Visitors to the Breazeale Interpretive Center examine the side-by-side aquariums that comprise an exhibit on eelgrass, an important estuarine plant that’s plentiful in Padilla Bay.
Visitors to the Breazeale Interpretive Center examine the side-by-side aquariums that comprise an exhibit on eelgrass, an important estuarine plant that’s plentiful in Padilla Bay. rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

Free spring classes and workshops for both children and adults were announced this week at the Padilla Bay nature center in coastal Skagit County.

Many classes are popular and registration fills quickly. Register at padillabay.gov or by calling 360-428-1558.

Classes for adults include separate offerings of “Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, or 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 5; and separate offerings of “Spring Birding by Ear,” from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 17, or 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 28. Classes for children include: “Estuary Babies,” “Awesome Algae,” “Amazing Amphipods,” “Eagles,” “Trees,” and “Fantastic Fish.”

A free aquarium tour and fish feeding is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7; no reservations necessary.

All events are at the free Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, a natural history museum with aquariums and interactive exhibits highlighting the ecology of the Salish Sea. The center has free parking and beach access, plus a network of easy trails.

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