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Welcome the Whales Festival
April 9 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 9, 2017
Welcome the Whales Festival April 8-9, 2017
On Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, don’t miss the annual “Welcome the Whales Parade and Festival” in Langley to honor and celebrate the arrival of Gray whales to Whidbey Island. Welcome the Whales Festival is sponsored by Orca Network and the Langley Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday April 8th, 11 PM at the Langley United Methodist Church (3rd/Anthes) will be hands-on educational displays, costume-making, and children’s activities, followed by the Whale and Critter Parade in downtown Langley, beginning at 1:30 PM at the US Bank parking lot (2nd/Anthes), ending at the Waterfront “Whale Bell” Park on First St. with a blessing for the whales, music, and celebration on the beach, while watching for Gray whales in Saratoga Passage. The Langley Whale Center at 115 Anthes will be open from 11 AM – 5 PM, with special activities and displays about Gray whales and staffed by Orca Network/Whale Center docents.
In the afternoon presentations will begin at 3 pm back a the Langley Methodist Church, including our featured speaker Joel Reynolds, Western Director and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who has led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns, including campaigns to protect the gray whale birthing lagoon and World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California. Mr. Reynolds’ legal challenges and negotiations with the Navy to protect whales and dolphins are told in the book War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz.
Sunday, April 9th, browse the Langley Whale Center’s Exhibits, displays and gift shop from 11 am – 5pm, and tour the beautiful schooner Suva which will be docked at the Langley Marina throughout the day. From 11 AM to 1 PM join us for a Langley beach cleanup as we participate in Empty the Tanks’ Global Beach Cleanup Day and help to protect important gray whale feeding habitat.
In the afternoon from 3 to 5 PM take to the water to see the Gray whales, on Orca Network’s Gray Whale Fundraising Cruise on board the Mystic Sea whale watch boat. Tickets are $75/person and include appetizers and beverages. Tickets for the cruise must be purchased in advance on Orca Network’s website.