Grit City Costume Paddle

It’s baaaack! Put on your most creative costume and paddle the Thea Foss Waterway in a fun free kickoff for Halloween. Join the Trash-for-Treat litter pickup, take Trashoctopus selfies, enter costume contests, enjoy free museum fun, and paddle or watch to the sounds of Tacomarama brass band! 12-2pm Oct. 29 at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma. Details below.

human orca mural


Our beloved southern resident orcas are endangered – join to help them on Orca Recovery Day on October 15! All around the Salish Sea, groups are cleaning, planting and helping these amazing creatures. You can too.


Wow, what a year! This June we held a magical Lantern Paddle, cleaned up beach trash, gathered for a festival, watched a Film Fest, and explored beach wildlife. Get the recap (and photos!) here.

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โ€œMaybe we each are only able to do something small, but if all of us do something small, together we can accomplish something great.

– Vidal Rojas, Tacoma community leader

Our festival and most of its activities happen on traditional lands of the Puyallup people, who live here and speak the Lushootseed language. We lift our hands to them and honor their elders and their continued protection of the Salish Sea.