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Interpretive programs create fun at Harris Beach

Michael Penny tells stories of Native American life and gets children playing drums and the audience singing songs during Thursday night’s program at Harris Beach State Park.

Interpretive programs are keeping people busy who visit Harris Beach State Park during the summer months.

Programs have ranged from presentations about tidepools to the St. George Reef Lighthouse and musical entertainment.

Most programs and walks meet at program area by camp space C-22. Interpretive programs let people explore the park’s natural and recreational opportunities firsthand. Summer interpretive programs, led by Ranger Angela Stewart, are offered by interpretive staff and run from Memorial Day weekend through September on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Parking for all programs is available at the park office in the A loop.

Interpretive programs include:

•Birding Along Our Trails — Come listen and look for our birds of the park to kick off the first day of summer at 7 p.m. today (June 21).

•There will be no programs this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24 and 25, because of staff training.

•Rapp Brush will perform country classics from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26. The musician performs songs by Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard as well as originals on vocals and guitar.

•There will be no program on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28 because of staff training.

 •Tsunamis Across The Pacific — Come hear about what causes tsunamis, what can be done to survive and enjoy real “cookie”  plate tectonics. Stewart said people will never look at the coast the same way again. The presentation will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1.

More programs are planned for the remainder of the summer. Watch the Curry Coastal Pilot for details.

People are also welcome to meet the park’s bird host available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., depending on weather and fog, at the lower day use area. She will help people see the birds and wildlife of Goat Island.

In addition to the interpretive programs, the park offers a Junior Ranger Program that meets by the Junior Ranger Yurt by space B-1. The programs are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Fridays through Wednesdays. Come 15 minutes early to register, if new to the program. 

Programs include “Trees” today (June 21); “Seals and Sea Lions, Sunday, June 22; “Whales,” Monday, June 23; no programs Tuesday-Thursday, June 24-26; “Nature Walk,” Friday, June 27; “Trees,” Saturday, June 28; “Seals and Sea Lions,” Sunday, June 29; “Whales,’ Monday, June 30; “Hello Nature,” Tuesday, July 1. 


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