Hundreds of students and families poured into Railroad Bridge Park last week for the 21st annual Dungeness River Festival.
Per tradition, various local stakeholders/agencies with and near the Dungeness River provided activities and information about how to support the river’s health on Sept. 27.
Students from third, fourth and fifth grades grade visited from Sequim’s Greywolf and Helen Haller Elementary schools, along with students from Five Acre School, Olympic Peninsula Academy and Chimacum Elementary.
Powell Jones, executive director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center, said it was Chimacum’s first time participating, and that organizers are considering offering invites to other Olympic Peninsula schools, too.
Hours were reduced at this year’s festival, as organizers said the event catered mostly to families and students and wasn’t well-attended after schools hours in previous years, Jones said.
Some of the activities included learning about local animals, trail safety and care, and creating messages about how visitors can preserve the Dungeness River.
For more information on the festival and/or Dungeness River Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, visit dungenessrivercenter.org, or contact 360-681-4076 or River Center@olympus.net.