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July 16, 2022 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 am

A child and adult explore the beach at low tide.

Join IslandWood educators and certified Bainbridge Beach Naturalists for a beach exploration as we hunt for sea stars, sea cucumbers, urchins, and marine worms. At this great low -2.8 tide, we’ll get a close-up look at critters and hidey holes rarely visible on this stretch of shoreline. Beach naturalists will be on hand to guide participants in identification and model respectful techniques for interacting with beach wildlife as we practice being responsible beach stewards while having fun in the sun!


**There is no event registration for this Low Tide Beach Exploration. Just mark your calendars and we’ll see you there!**


Parking is available throughout Winslow, in most places for a duration of 2 hours. There is no parking near the beach access.

A low tide beach explorer in action.

A low tide beach explorer in action.


Route 1:

Park in Winslow near the Olympic Drive end of town (the road to the ferry terminal).  One option is to walk through Waterfront Park and take the Waterfront Trail bridge across the ravine.  Continue alongside the Washington State Ferry maintenance yard to Harborview Drive. Cross the road and look for the Bainbridge Beach Naturalist sign at the beginning of the beach access trail.


Community Events Coordinator Christina Conklin showing an event guest a nudibranch.

Route 2: Park on either side of Winslow Way, east or west of Hwy. 305.  Use the east side of Olympic Drive walking toward the ferry terminal.  At pedestrian-activated stop light, cross to the west and walk down Harborview Drive to the footpath access to the beach. You will find a Bainbridge Beach Naturalist sign at the beginning of the beach access trail.


Once on the beach, head toward the water and then we will make our way gradually to the area under the ferry terminal. The Beach Naturalists will be wearing neon green vests!


Best practice: Please do not bring your dog (even leashed) to the beach for this event out of respect for the wildlife exposed at this low tide. These creatures have evolved to have periodic exposure to sunny and arid conditions during seasonal low tides, but have no adaptations to protect them from the mouths and paws of domestic dogs. Our beach naturalists and stewards appreciate your understanding! Remember your rubber boots! If you must wear sandals, close-toed sandals are important. Sunscreen, water and a camera are all good choices too. You never know what we will find….


Thanks to our friends, the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists!

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Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal Beach
625 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA United States
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