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Moran State Park Summer Anniversary Events

This summer, all are invited to learn about the reptiles, squirrels, plants and bats who call Moran State Park home.

The Friends of Moran is reinstating its Walks and Talks program that first launched in 2019. It was put on hold in 2020 but is now back and more robust, with 42 offerings led by 17 scientists and the addition of four Music in Moran concerts.

The objective is to provide free, educational opportunities for Orcas families and members of the public as well as park visitors. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to park at Moran ($10/day or $30/annual.) You can purchase a Discover Pass here

The walks and talks are on a variety of cultural and natural history topics. They start June 16 and run to the fall. No registration is required. For more event details go to https://friendsofmoran.org/2021-walks-and-talks/Or find them on Facebook as Friends of Moran and on Instagram @moran_state_park 

Walks and Talks schedule. 

How to Be a Citizen Scientist, Sundays, June 20 through August 8. 2:00 p.m. at the Cascade Lake Day-Use Shelter.  

The Iconic Stone Tower Tour, Friday, Saturdays, June 26, July 24, August 14, 21, and 28 , 2-3 p.m. at Mt. Constitution Summit.  

Bea and Cindy’s Mor’n S’mores, Friday, June 25, 5-6 p.m. at Cascade shelter. 

A Sense of Place: Nature Awareness and Contemplation, Sunday, June 20 and Sunday, Sept. 19Cold Spring Shelter on Mt. Constitution, 10-11 am. 

Junior Ranger program, Saturdays, June 26 through August 14, 10-11 a.m. at the Cold Springs shelter. For ages 4-12. Wear walking shoes.

Wildflowers and their pollinators, Wednesday, July 71-4:30 p.m. at the first turnout on the road to the Summit.

Forage Fish and Their Link to Salmon and Orca Whales, Friday, July 9, 4-5pm at Obstruction Pass (meet at the beach) Wear shoes that can get wet.

Newts & Frogs & Salamanders Oh My!Friday, July 16, 9 a.m.-noon, on the Mountain Lake trail. 

Squirrels in Moran State Park and on Orcas Island, Friday, July 16, 6-7 p.m. at Cascade Lake Day Use Shelter.

Medicinal Plants of Moran State Park, Sunday, Aug. 16-7 p.m. at the Cascade Shelter,

Bird Sleuth! Birds of the alpine woods and meadow, Saturday, Aug. 7, 1-4:30 p.m. at Little Summit (park at Little Summit turnout and walk up the short loop trail), 

The Forest Fantastic! Friday, Aug. 20, 6 – 7 p.m. Meet at flags near the ELC; park near ELC beach.

Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing Stroll, Thursday, Aug. 19, 11-noon at Cascade Falls Trail parking lot.

Bats’ Night Out! Bats over Mountain Lake, Saturday, Aug. 21, 8–9:30 p.m. at the bulletin board outside the ranger residence at Mountain Lake. 

Moran State Park in Photographs: Recent and Historic, Thursday, Sept. 10, 6–7 p.m. at Cascade Lake Day-Use Shelter. 

Starts: June 16, 2021

Occurs: Every day until September 19, 2021
Admission: Free

Location: Moran State Park various locations
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