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2013 Trail Tales Docent Training

DocentsThe second season for Trail Tales is on the horizon! The team of 24 volunteer docents would like to invite other area residents to join the Docent team in bringing the Tales of the Trail alive along the Tommy Thompson Trail.  Training for the new season will begin in the end of March for 4 days to familiarize new docents with the program, the human history along Fidalgo Bay, the current restoration activities and the myriad organisms that weave  their lives along the shoreline. 

Docents also receive professional training in interpretive skills and work with veteran docents and the coordinator to organize thematic presentations for the Trail Walks. The 2013 season will see additional walks and Trail Tales presence at other local events like The Fidalgo Shoreline Academy, the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, and National Estuaries Day. There are many roles for volunteers, including but not limited to the guiding and supporting walks along the trail.  So if you have an interest in helping to make the 2013 season another success and sharing fun with great people, now is the time to join on.

Click here for the application form. Applications must be received by March 15th.  For more information about the program please contact Nancy Olsen, Trail Tales Volunteer Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trail Tales Interpretive Signs

During the winter months, volunteers have been busy developing fifteen Trail Tales interpretive signs that will be installed by May 2013;  plus two signs that are being created by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Reserve program. Here is an update on our progress:

  • Signs will be organized into Discovery Points between 34th Street and March Point
  • Betty Carteret (Friends of Skagit Beaches Board President), Jan Hersey (Biz Point Communications), and Bret Lunsford (Anacortes Museum) have been developing sign content. 
  • EDX Edquist Davis Exhibit Designs in Seattle is creating the graphic design of the sign panels.  EDX is a well-known interpretive design firm and is currently working on a new interpretive center at the Grand Canyon and has quite a resume of exhibit designs around the US.
  • IZone Imaging in Texas will be manufacturing the high-pressure laminate signs.  They were selected from four prospective manufacturers and one of the key factors in their selection is their commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices.
  • Six signs between 34th and RV park will be installed by Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department and will be up in March. 
  • The remaining signs will be installed by end of May with assistance of Anacortes Parks & Recreation in time for the opening of our interpretive walk season.


Interpretive Bike Ride - September 29th

Trail Tales Docents will lead an interpretive tour via bicycles to visit a number of the Anacortes shoreline sites that are being cleaned up by the WA Department of Ecology. Join us to learn about the history of the sites going back to the 1890s and what's happening there today.

When: Saturday September 29th at 10AM to ~11:30AM

Starting Point: Meet at the Anacortes Farmer's Market at the Depot in front of the Snag Boat Museum.

Where we'll go - out to March Point along the Tommy Thompson Trail

In case of heavy rain or winds, we will reschedule for another date.

Do you know what this is? You'll find out on our ride.

Tommy Thompson Talk & Walk June 20

The Trail Tales Summer Interpretive Walk program is kicking off its summer schedule with our first outing on June 20th.  Please join Trail Tales docents for a short walk along the Tommy Thompson Trail to learn about the Custom Plywood Mill History and Clean-up Project.  Special guest Mayor Dean Maxwell will share his recollections of working at the mill during his youth.

Wednesday, June 20th at 10:00 -11:15 am: Meet at 34th Street on the Tommy Thompson Trail.  The walk is approximately 1 mile round trip on flat paved path. 

Trail Tales interpretive walks are free and open to the public.  Join us for an enjoyable journey of discovery. Click here to view a printable version of the Summer Walk Schedule.  Or visit our online event calendar.  Schedules are also available at the Anacortes Visitor Center, Parks Office and Anacortes Library.  

Trail Tales Docent Walks Calendar

The Summer 2012 schedule of Trail Tales guided walks is now posted on our event calendar!  10 walks along the Anacortes waterfront will explore subjects from tides & currents to Anacortes' mill history and more. 

Visit the calendar page to view the docent walk schedule.