Guided geology walk at Point Whitehorn this Saturday

beach at Point Whitehorn mark

Glacial erratics litter the beach at Point Whitehorn. Maybe you recognize this photo from my book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washington.

I am leading free geology walks at Point Whitehorn in Whatcom County  this Saturday, June 4, as part of Whatcom Land Trusts annual “What’s the Point” nature walks. The walks are at 10:00 and 11:30 AM, and will start on the beach. Each lasts an hour or so, and lots of time for questions. BRING THE KIDS!

Getting there: From I-5 Exit 266 (north of Ferndale), drive west on Grandview Road 8.5 miles.  Follow the road as it curves left and becomes Koehn Road. Continue 0.5 miles to a parking area on the left. There is a 3/4 mile accessible trail through lowland forest, including a sizable (by modern standards) grove of large spruce, to overlooks atop the bluffs, with nice polished dunite benches. The trail then switchbacks 75′ down to the cobble beach.

The geo walks will look at beach rocks and glacial till in the bank along the shore. I wrote about the geology at the beach in one of the first posts on this website: https://nwgeology.wordpress.com/the-fieldtrips/point-whitehorn-whatcom-county/

The rest of the program: (http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/ for more info)

All-star Naturalist Team:

Bob Lemon, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee (Native plants, intertidal life, seaweeds)

Lyle Anderson, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee (Native plants, birds)

Doug Stark (Marine Resources Committee) and Casey Cook (Marine Life Center)will lead tidepool tours for kids at 10:30a and 11:00a

Michael Kyte, DNR

Marie Hitchman, seaweed expert

Victoria Souze, Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network

 

 

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