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Family Day Focuses on Marine Life

Published: January 30, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Lawton, Director of Community Relations
Travel Lane County
(541) 743-8762; (800) 547-5445

Springfield, Ore. - Kids and their families are invited to enjoy a morning of hands-on activities and learning focused on Oregon's marine life. Activities, crafts and presentations will center on whales, sea lions and other ocean-dwelling mammals that live in or along the Pacific Ocean.

What: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Kids' Adventure Club

When: Saturday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Adventure Center 3312 Gateway St., Springfield

Cost: Free

Special Guests:
Renee Fowler, Oregon State Parks Interpretive Ranger and Spring Whale Watch Week Coordinator

Boomer Wright, Sea Lion Caves, General Manager and
Education Director

Kids will learn about the type of whales most commonly found in Oregon's
coastal waters, as well as their behavior and migration patterns. Hands-on
activities will demonstrate everything from how whales eat to how blubber keeps
these mammals warm in frigid ocean temperatures.

Activities will also focus on sea lions that make their home
along the ocean's rocky shores. Lessons about other marine animals such as
harbor seals and sea birds will also be explored.

Kids can create a variety of ocean-themed crafts, from origami whales to
colorful jelly fish.

The first of two short presentations, at 10:30 a.m., will focus on the basics
of gray whales. A second presentation, at 11:15 a.m., will center on Oregon
State Park's popular Whale Watching Spoken Here program, known to be one
of the most well-executed programs of its kind in the U.S. During two annual whale
watching weeks, the program connects trained volunteers with thousands of
visitors eager to learn about and spot one of the 26,000 estimated whales that
migrate along Oregon's coastline.

This month's Kids Adventure Club Family Day is scheduled in advance of the
Spring Whale Watching Week set for March 21 - 28. Families will learn specific
whale watching tips and where to find the best viewpoints. Training and
volunteer opportunities regarding future whale watching weeks also will be

Prizes & Refreshments:
Prize drawings will be held for free admission to Sea Lion Caves, as well as other fun coastal-themed giveaways. Complimentary juice, coffee and snacks will
be served.

Kids' Adventure Club Events:
Travel Lane County hosts quarterly Family Day events focused on seasonal, family-friendly recreation, activities and events throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Families can sign up for Kids' Adventure Club e-newsletters, event calendars and special invitations at

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center is located at 3312 Gateway St.,
in Springfield, in the Crossroads Center between Michaels and Best Buy. For
more information, contact Travel Lane County at (541) 484-5307.

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