I'm so proud of my friends Joyce, left, and Nancy.
They were instrumental in pulling together today's grand opening of the Harbor WildWatch environmental center and Gig Harbor Visitor Information Center in the historic Skansie House in downtown Gig Harbor.
Joyce, as president of the HWW board, has long dreamed of permanent headquarters in the harbor for the environmental education group. And Nancy oversees the volunteers for the new visitor center and turned their new space into an inviting stop for visitors and locals alike.
Nancy's husband refurbished the patio table and chairs that greet visitors, and Nancy planted the cheerful flower container out front.
HWW rooms include a cozy library (above) where you can lounge and read about our local marine wildlife. I can see doing that on a rainy winter day. Another room, which I forgot to photograph, has marine life exhibits. The next dream for HWW is to turn the spacious kitchen into an area where the public can examine marine life under microscopes and maybe have other learning adventures.
The city Visitor Center has these comfy chairs in the front room, along with local literature and those gorgeous hydrangeas from Nancy's garden.
The centers will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through the end of September. From Oct. 1-April 30 hours will be Thursday-Saturday, 10-4. Stop in and say hello!
During the open house, HWW had a tent set up outside with touch tanks filled with specimens from the harbor. Here you can see three sea stars and a sea cucumber. Check out the HWW website at www.harborwildwatch.org for info on other public programs. All summer they set up touch tanks at local beaches.
Have a colorful day