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Busy times at Railroad Bridge
Summer is a great time to visit the Dungeness River by spending time at Railroad Bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center.
There are so many ways to enjoy the park and the river — in a formal event like a class, a camp, a work party or a meeting or casually roaming the shoreline or biking on the Olympic Discovery Trail over the old railroad trestle.
The park welcomes visitors, young and old.
Railroad Bridge Park is a 26-acre parcel located along the Dungeness River in a rural residential area. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to be good neighbors.
When you visit the park, please respect its boundaries and do not trespass onto neighbors’ properties. Signs and maps are posted to ensure that you know where the property lines are located.
The summer weeks are full of special events:
•Summer nature camps:
Olympic Discovery Trail Bike Adventure
Session II July 23-24 (Session I concluded)
Students ages 11-14 ride the trail from Railroad Bridge Park over two days with stops to learn about bike safety, maintenance and the natural history of the Olympic Peninsula.
Session III: Aug. 6-9; Session IV: Aug. 20-23 — These run daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Students ages 8-11: This is your chance for fun outdoor activities on the banks of the Dungeness River. Every day brings a new exciting theme for children’s enjoyment. Fee: $140 per child includes a T-shirt. Call Powell Jones, center director, at 681-4076 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
• Bird walks, 8:30-10:30 a.m. every Wednesday
Meet at the River Center for a walk to see and hear the birds of the Dungeness riparian forest. Information from walks helps attendees understand the annual cycle of birds in Railroad Bridge Park.
• Thursday work parties, the last Thursday of each month
Cost: three short hours helping Railroad Bridge Park
Help the park looking bright and beautiful! Bring your work gloves to assist with chores that make the park shine.
• Art in the Park and Art Show, Aug. 1-5
The forests, river and historical bridge of Railroad Bridge Park inspire local artists to create great works and display them. Come enjoy the show.
• Railroad Bridge Park turns 20; begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
Plan to attend the Railroad Bridge Park’s Anniversary Celebration at the park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road. For details, see www.DungenessRiverCenter.org on Aug.1.
• Shorebirds and Gulls of the Olympic Peninsula class
Session 1: Thursday, Aug. 16. Session 2: Saturday, Aug 18. Both 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $10 for River Center partners, $15 for nonmembers
New varieties of shorebirds and gulls migrate through the area in late summer. Learn the identification and natural history of these beautiful birds in this one-day field-based course. Limit 16 people; please preregister.
• OPAS monthly meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 21. 6 p.m. potluck dinner, 7 p.m. meeting
Join the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society at its monthly meeting, starting with a potluck. Visit www.olympicpeninsulaaudubon.org for details about field trips.
• Dungeness River Festival, Sept. 28-29.
Help celebrate the watershed that keeps the Sequim-Dungeness Valley alive. There will be activities for youths and adults, music, art, food and much more. Contact the River Center if you can help.
For more information on any of the summer programs, call the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, 681-4076.