For many South Sound residents and visitors, summer means spending time on the area’s beaches, bays, lakes, and waterfronts.
Foss Waterway Seaport, located at 705 Dock St. in Tacoma, offers many opportunities in August to soak up the sun and get closer to the water while celebrating the city’s storied maritime heritage.
“We do tend to have more going on and more visitors in the good weather because that is the best time to be in, on, or around the water,” said Dr. Kaddee Lawrence, the Seaport’s director of Audience Engagement and Science Education.
Here are three Seaport events to consider adding to your summer plans.
Explore Thea Foss Waterway on Saturday, August 4, while learning how to kayak under the direction of experienced instructors. Morning sessions are offered between 10 a.m. and noon. Afternoon sessions are offered between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, and each session is limited to 10 people (10 years and older). Classes convene on the Seaport’s waterfront dock. More information is available online here.
Summer Science SeaCamp
Foss Waterway Seaport and Pierce County Parks & Recreation invite youngsters between the ages of 9 and 12 to Summer Science SeaCamp to learn about the underwater world in a way that brings science to life.
Through immersive activities such as beach explorations and testing, as well as boat trips and outings to environmentally diverse sites, campers are encouraged to make personal connections with nature.
“We focus on science and the marine environment while having fun and exploring the nature around us,” Lawrence said.
Summer Science SeaCamp begins on Monday, August 6, and runs through Friday, August 10, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $150 per person, and campers meet at the Seaport. More information is available online here.
Bring a yoga mat, water, and sun screen and meet on the Seaport’s Esplanade for yoga sessions that aim to regenerate your mind and body through fluid movement and mindful breathing amid the calming and peaceful sights and sounds of Thea Foss Waterway. Sessions will be led by Yoga Wild and held between 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 23. The cost is $5 to $10 per person (a reduced-price option is available), and a portion of the fees are donated to the ACLU, Conservation NW, and The Ocean Foundation. More information is available online here.