Learn about marine life during Monday programs

Education The Olympia-Thurston County Stream Team is working with local divers to offer a glimpse of life under the surface of Puget Sound.

The group is hosting “Marine Creature Mondays” during the next two months, beginning July 21.

Stream Team volunteer biologists will work with divers to provide a hands-on viewing of some of Puget Sound’s marine life. Divers will demonstrate the equipment they use before they dive to the bottom of the Sound to collect various marine creatures for up-close viewing. Biologists will then talk about the species that were found, the habitat needs for those creatures and what is required to keep Puget Sound healthy. All the marine creatures are kept in sea water for the viewing and then released.

“Most of us will never see the diversity of life that lives underwater up close,” said Michelle Stevie, one of the event organizers. “Here in our own back yard, Puget Sound is home to thousands of resident and transient creatures from the smallest plankton to the large orca whale.”

The programs will take place at Boston Harbor Marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia.

Although the programs are free, registration is necessary to keep the group size small. Because these are the most popular programs offered by the Stream Team’s, organizers are asking that people sign up for only one program.

To sign up, contact Stevie at mstevie@ci.olympia.wa.us or 360-753-8336. You also can go to streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar.

Program schedule

July 21: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.

July 28: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.

Aug. 4: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.

Aug. 11: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.

Aug. 18: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.

Aug. 25: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.