News Release 12-040
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Paul McEvers, (360) 676-2093 Paul.McEvers@parks.wa.gov
Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559 Sandy.Mealing@parks.wa.gov
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Larrabee State Park offers interpretive programs this summer
May 7, 2012 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend natural and cultural history interpretive programs at Larrabee State Park near Bellingham.
Interpretive programs run from 1 to 2 p.m. through the summer at the Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham. Dr. Marilyn Boysen will teach visitors about region geology, park history, area cultural history, forest plant life and animals in the intertidal zones. The programs begin at the main park entrance, across the street from the welcome center. Dr. Boysen will lead participants on a hike down to Wildcat Cove and through the wooded areas of the park with the program leader. The interpretive programs are offered May 26, June 30, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1. The Discover Pass is required to attend the programs.
Dr. Boysen is an authority on Whatcom County-area biology and the speaker for the Bellingham Public Library’s Wonders of Whatcom series. She has also presented interpretive programs for Bellingham Parks and Recreation and the Whatcom Land Trust. Dr. Boysen holds two masters degrees and a doctorate in biology.
Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay near Bellingham in northwest Washington. The park features two freshwater lakes, coves and tidelands. The area of Larrabee State Park became Washington’s first state park when the Washington State Board of Park Commissioners accepted it as one of two private citizen land donations in 1915. The park is now a popular destination for trail runs and bike races, featuring a variety of non-motorized, multiple-use trails that wind through the park.
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The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
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