Friday, May 28, 2010

North Coast Land Conservancy Coast Train Trip

Riding the Coastal Edge

Saturday, August 7, 6 P.M. - 9 P.M., Garibaldi Train Depot

Does a train ride on the scenic water's edge sound like the perfect way to spend a summer evening? Make plans to board the train on Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m. when the North Coast Land Conservancy and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust join together to offer their second annual popular educational and fun excursion for the whole family. Tickets go on sale June 1 for this open-air railway round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler to experience the sights and sounds of the sweeping coastal edge lands.

Stewart Schultz, author of "Northwest Coast, A Natural History" will be the guest interpreter on the trip as the train travels past such notable viewpoints as the Garibaldi Bar, Nedonna Beach, the Nehalem Spit, Fishers Point and the Nehalem Bay Estuary. Along with being the author of the quintessenial book on north coast natural history, Schultz is a professor of biology at the University of Zadar in Zadar, Crotia. For those fortunate enough to own a copy of his book, he will be available to sign prior to boarding the train.

"We are so pleased that Stewart will be joining us this year for our trip," said Katie Voelke, executive director of NCLC, "his in-depth knowledge of our coastal edge is unprecedented and his interpretation is not to be missed."

The $40 fare for adults and $20 fare for children 12 and under includes the train excursion, a box picnic dinner catered by Parkside Cafe in Garibaldi and an opportunity to experience this scenic corridor from a new perspective. Seating is limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year's "Ride The Coastal Edge" sold out quickly so plan to reserve your ticket early by calling the NCLC office beginning June 1 at 503-738-9126, Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Directions: Take highway 101 to Garibaldi -- the train depot is off third street in the center of town [click here for map].

The North Coast Land Conservancy and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust are non-profit organizations that own and manage land for ecological and cultural values. These two organizations are offering this excursion as part of their ongoing education and outreach activities for the community.

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