Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Olympia

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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We have three AWESOME salt water aquariums in the Nature Center with a wide variety of species from South Puget Sound including Sea Stars, Sea Cucumbers, Dungeness Crabs, Red Rock Crabs, Anemones, and much more! We're open to the public Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Other exhibits include over 30 bird taxidermies, fossils, animal pelts, and much, much more. Come check us out!

NRNC has been offering estuarine environmental education at Luhr Beach since 1982. Through the years, our emphasis has changed from general public outreach to our current focus on providing supplemental classroom, laboratory, and field trip opportunities for schools in Thurston and Pierce counties and beyond. In a typical year, upwards of 2,000 school kids, mostly in grades 5 through 12, visit the Nature Center with their teachers and parents. We also support and sponsor estuarine research opportunities for South Puget Sound college students.

We also host and perform a variety of research from the Nature Center within South Puget Sound. This includes Forage Fish surveys, Pigeon Guillemot surveys, and more. NRNC is the site proponent for the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve and we help support research and outreach about the reserve.

We receive use of our building through a cooperative agreement with the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, which also maintains a boat launch here at Luhr Beach.

We are organized as a nonprofit corporation, with 501 (c) (3) status. We are governed by a board of directors with members drawn from the local business community, higher education institutions, and state resource management agencies.
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  • This is a beautiful place to visit. My 2.5yr kid enjoyed it so much - looking at rocks, finding baby crabs, dipping feet into water... We came on a Wed afternoon and we were pretty much the only ones....  more
    This is a beautiful place to visit. My 2.5yr kid enjoyed it so much - looking at rocks, finding baby crabs, dipping feet into water... We came on a Wed afternoon and we were pretty much the only ones....  more »
  • The place is tricky to locate until you’ve visited a couple of times. The road leading to the waterfront is at the bottom of a steep hill with limited parking space. It is however a great place to... 
    The place is tricky to locate until you’ve visited a couple of times. The road leading to the waterfront is at the bottom of a steep hill with limited parking space. It is however a great place to...  more »
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  • SO beautiful! I can't believe that I hadn't been before!
  • Pretty view. Especially with a drone.

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