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NEWS RELEASE
                                                                                                         
June 5, 2014

Celebrate Our Shoreline
Low Tide Celebration at Maury Island State Aquatic Reserve

OLYMPIA—The Vashon-Maury Island community invites the public to come fete Puget Sound at the ninth annual Low Tide Celebration on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Robinson on Maury Island. It’s family fun that’s free, local, educational and all natural.

The Low Tide Celebration provides an opportunity for the public to explore, discover and appreciate the panorama of marine life on the shore of Puget Sound, to experience the beach at very low, minus 3.3-foot tide and to gently explore the tide pools with the help of the Vashon Beach Naturalists as guides.

Skipper Mike Evans and the Blue Heron Canoe Family will welcome all with a traditional Salish welcoming song as they paddle their way to the Point to honor the celebration. Traditional native uses of shoreline resources will be explained by Odin Lonning, Tlingit artist and cultural educator. The Point Robinson Lighthouse will be open to explore and its history shared by Captain Joe Wubbold, the Head Keeper. Celebrating at the beautiful Maury Island Aquatic Reserve offers all the opportunity to learn the many ways to help protect this valuable natural resource.

A shuttle bus will run along Point Robinson Road to transport people between their parked cars and the festivities. Refreshments, native art, and Low Tide t-shirts also will be available for sale on site.

Broad community support
The Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration is sponsored by: Vashon Beach Naturalists, Washington State DNR, Vashon Park District, Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society, King County, Vashon Hydrophone Project, Vashon College, Keepers of Point Robinson, Washington Environmental Council, and Vashon Watersports.

State aquatic reserve
For all the people of Washington, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is steward of more than 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands—the lands under Puget Sound and the coast, navigable lakes and rivers, and many tideland beaches—including those at Maury Island Aquatic Reserve, where the Low Tide Celebration is being held. State aquatic lands are home to fish and wildlife; support commerce and navigation; and provide access for all the people of the state.

Media Contacts:  Rayna Holtz, 206-463-3153, raynaholtz@aol.com; Erin Durrett, 206-463-0303, e.durrett@yahoo.com

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