By Kurt Madar

Pilot staff writer

Searching for something free to do for summer evenings?

Why not learn about geo-caching, tidepools or whales of the South Coast?

Harris Beach State Park offers a variety of interpretive programs open to the public through the summer, that provide a peek into the natural world surrounding Brookings.

andquot;I don't really have that many folks from the community this time of year,andquot; said Harris Beach Interpretive Ranger Angela Stewart. andquot;Winter programs have much more community involvement.andquot;

The only limitation on attendance is due to Harris Beach's lack of public parking.

andquot;We try to accommodate them in employee parking by the Junior Ranger yurt,andquot; Stewart said.

The interpretive programs provide a chance to explore the natural and recreational opportunities that the State Parks have to offer.

Programs are offered by State Park interpretive staff and run between Memorial Day and Labor Day and include guided nature walks, wildlife watching and evening programs.

According to Stewart, because the park deals primarily with natural resources, they don't have a lighthouse for example, most of their programs are focused on nature.

Program guides for a week in advance are available at the Harris Beach Campground Kiosk, while two- week guides can be found on the information boards by Harris Beach campsites A-14 and A-16 and at the information booth near the program area.

People interested in finding out more about the various programs should call Harris Beach State Park at (541) 469-0224.

August schedule

?Coastal Wayfinding - Ranger Stewart will lead a virtual tour of the andquot;hidden spotsandquot; along Highway 101. Saturday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m.

?Oregon Coast Wildlife Refuges - US Forest Service host Paul Jennings will share with you about the birds and wildlife that live on Goat Island. Sunday, Aug. 3, at 9 p.m.

?Summer Wildflower Walk on Sunset Trail - Who's dressed in purple? Who wears white? Who's older than the dinosaurs? Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.

?Beginning Geo-caching - Come enjoy one of the fastest growing family recreational activities. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m.

?Forest Bird Walk - come and hear and perchance see some elusive song birds of the park. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.

?Seals and Sea Lions of the South Coast - Who can dive 5,000 feet? Who are the big four? Thursday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m.

?Tsunamis - What is that sound? Is it a drill, is it for real, will you survive? Friday, Aug. 8, 9 p.m.

?Local Adventure Trail - from the park, to the coast trail to Loeb's River View Trail. What awaits the off-the-beaten-path traveller. Ranger Stewart shares some of her favorite secret places. Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 p.m.

?Oregon Coast Wildlife Refuges - USFW host Paul Jennings will talk about the birds and wildlife that live on Goat Island. Sunday, Aug 10, 9 p.m.

?Whales of the South Coast - Who can be seen almost year round? Who is the smallest, the largest? Monday, Aug. 11, 9 p.m.

?Edible Medical Plants of the Park Walk - What plants are edible, which could make you sick? Folklore, medical re-discoveries. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m.

?Beginning Geo-caching - come enjoy one of the fastest growing family recreational activities. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

?Forest Bird Walk - come hear and perchance see some of the elusive songbirds of the park. Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m.

?Wildlife of The Park display - From rodents to whales, explore andquot;their tales.andquot; Friday, Aug 15, at 9 p.m.