On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the SeaDoc Society and Camp Orkila will serve a free spaghetti dinner as part of the inaugural Junior SeaDoctors Night. There will also be a kid-friendly marine science presentation complete with live-animal touch tanks followed by an optional intertidal walk down to the Camp Orkila shoreline.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Orkila’s Larry Norman Lodge and all community members are welcome. Admission is free and vegan and gluten-free options will be available. No RSVP is necessary.
To get to the Larry Norman Lodge, take Mt. Baker Road toward Camp Orkila, then make a left on Camp Orkila Road and follow it into the Main Camp Parking Lot, which is in the shape of a circle. From there you can walk down the hill, following signs to “Ocean Night”.
In years past, SeaDoc hosted a family night at Camp Orkila once per winter. Junior SeaDoctors Night is an exciting revival of that series and a way to give back to families on the island as part of our Ocean Night series, which is hosted at the Sea View Theatre most months.
“Have you ever wondered what sea creatures come out at night?” said Mira Castle, Education Coordinator for the SeaDoc Society. “It’s one of my favorite times to explore. Join us for dinner and a quest to discover the weird and the wonderful in a nighttime scavenger hunt for intertidal life, because any day you come home salty is a good day!”
If you’re joining the optional beach walk after dinner, bring warm clothes, shoes/boots that may get wet and a flashlight or headlamp. If you’re already a Junior SeaDoctor, bring your wildlife guide and your membership card.
The SeaDoc Society and Camp Orkila are able to make this a free event thanks to donations from Dean and Audrey Stupke, Jim and Kathy Youngren, Barbara Brown, Barbara Bentley, Kathy Dickinson, West Sound Marina, The Averna Family (Deer Harbor Charters), Madrona Inn Bar and Grill, Shearwater Kayak Tours, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and all who supported SeaDoc Society through the Orcas Island Community Foundation!