Parks and Rec commission holding summer educational program series at Larrabee State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a series of natural and cultural history interpretive programs at Larrabee State Park near Bellingham.

Interpretive programs run from 1-2 p.m. through the summer at the park, located at 245 Chuckanut Drive.

Dr. Marilyn Boysen will teach visitors about the region’s geology, the park’s history, cultural history, forest plant life and animals in the intertidal zones.

The program begins at the park amphitheater.

Boysen will lead participants on a hike down to Wildcat Cove and through the wooded areas of the park.

The programs will be on May 26, June 30, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1.

A Discover Pass is required to attend the programs.

Boysen is an authority on Whatcom County biology. She is also the speaker for the Bellingham Public Library’s Wonders of Whatcom series.

She has presented interpretive programs for Bellingham Parks and Recreation and the Whatcom Land Trust. Boysen holds two masters degrees and a doctorate in biology.

Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay near Bellingham in northwest Washington.

The park features two freshwater lakes, coves and tidelands.

The area of Larrabee State Park became Washington’s first state park when the Washington State Board of Park Commissioners accepted it as one of two private citizen land donations in 1915.


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