Sixteen new interpretive signs that tell the history and culture of Fidalgo Island will be unveiled by the Trail Tales team that created them at a ceremony this Saturday at Seafarers’ Memorial Park.
Friends of Skagit Beaches worked with the port and the city to install the signs between 17th Street and Guemes Channel along Q Ave., around Cap Sante Marina and on the Guemes Channel.
A ribbon-cutting and dedication is set for 10 am to noon Saturday at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, followed by a walking tour to see the new signs. Trail Tales docents will be available at the new signs to share stories about the topics portrayed in the signs.
Join the guided tour, or pick up the new trail map and do your own self-guided walking tour. The Marine Technology Center will also be hosting an open house from 10:30 to noon as part of the event.
The new interpretive signs start on the sidewalk along Q Avenue in front of the Marine Technology Center, wind through the marina, and then jump to Guemes Channel. But on your way to Guemes Channel don’t forget to stop at the Museum’s interpretive signs by the W.T. Preston Snagboat and the Depot on R Avenue just north of the marina.
This summer, Trail Tales is offering new learning opportunities for the community. In addition to interpretive walks, volunteer docents will be hosting special stations at a variety of Trail Tales Discovery Points. Docents will share special stories and information related to the sign topics at their featured location.
In addition to the Saturday Discovery Point Stations, Trail Tales has teamed up with citizen science volunteers from the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay who are preforming forage fish spawning surveys and intertidal monitoring of locations along Fidalgo Bay. Special interpretive stations with information about forage fish, citizen science, intertidal organisms, and other interesting subjects are offered to lucky community members who encounter the stations along the trail.