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Lantern Paddle for Species
June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Get out those LEDs – and if you have one, a kayak or paddleboard. On Friday June 4, Tacomans will light up the Thea Foss Waterway with the first-ever Lantern Paddle for Species, a part of Tacoma Ocean Fest 2021.
With shoreside entertainment from 7-9pm, light art and paddle launch at 9pm, the event isn’t just a cool excuse to rig up lights on your paddlecraft or wave them on land.
You’ll also be helping create a magical twilight moment, celebrating all threatened marine species – like our own orcas and salmon – and reminding our world what we need to do to protect them from pollution, climate change and extinction.
7-9pm: PLU Steel Pan Ensemble & aerialist Deanna Riley
9-10pm: Projection light art
Both are outside the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma. The museum will be open. Watch the start of the 70-48 paddle race go out of the waterway from the Museum of Glass at 7pm.
9pm Paddle launch anywhere along Foss Waterway. Wear/bring lights and/or watch on land.
Please mask up and social-distance. Wear a lifejacket and know your water limits. Human paddlecraft only, please. Beginners: Stay inside the enclosed water area outside the Foss Waterway Seaport.
NOTE: Paddling is done entirely at your own risk! We take no responsibility for your safety on the water. If in doubt, stay on land.
HOW CAN YOU HELP PROTECT MARINE SPECIES?
- Join the Lantern Paddle and bring/wear something that reminds us of the beauty of ocean life
- Explore our Ocean Actions and make them part of your daily life: refuse single-use plastic, avoid chemicals in your home/yard, support green energy, drive less, save salmon for orcas, eat ocean-friendly and more
- Clean up a beach – do the Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup on June 5!
- Talk to your friends about it. Speak up and vote for the ocean.
- Donate to one of our eco-partners that protect local marine wildlife: Harbor Wild Watch, SR3, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Washington Environmental Council, The Ikkatsu Project, 350Tacoma
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