BANDON — Bullards Beach State Park continues its summer programs for 2018. The programs run from 7-8 p.m. June 1 through Sept. 1, Tuesdays through Saturdays, with the exception of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, who will play from 2-3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The programs are held in either the amphitheater or the meeting yurt and are free and open to the public.
Carpooling or parking at the east side picnic area and walking into the campground is encouraged to avoid parking issues and traffic congestion. Allow enough time if walking in.
Bullards also has a top-notch Junior Ranger program that runs from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout the summer. On Saturdays, the Junior Rangers take part in a bicycle parade. They have a chance to decorate their bikes and learn bike safety before the parade, then they ride throughout the park. All children are welcome.
This week's programs:
Friday, June 1, amphitheater 7 p.m.: "Bandon Beach Treasures" with Haven Andrist. Uncover the rocks, fossils and petrified wood found on our beaches and learn how to identify them.
Saturday, June 2, amphitheater, 7 p.m.: "Snowy Plovers: Ghosts of the Beach" with Patrick Newhall. Peek into the secret life of the endangered snowy plover and find out why this little bird is such a big deal.
Tuesday, June 5, meeting yurt, 7 p.m.: "A Trip to Bandon, About 100 years Ago," with Jim Proehl. Imagine you wanted to travel to Bandon 100 years ago. How would you get there? Where would you stay? Would you need shots? These questions and others will be answered in the program.
Wednesday, June 6, meeting yurt, 7 p.m.: "Birds of Bandon" with Harv Schubothe. Learn about the many birds that can be seen in and around Bandon and why the Bandon area attracts so many birds.
Thursday, June 7, meeting yurt, 7 p.m. - "Bandon Cranberry Farming" with the Clarke family, A glimpse at cranberry farming along the Oregon Coast and what it takes to be a successful cranberry grower.
Friday, June 8, amphitheater, 7 p.m.: "Owls of the Oregon Coast" with Kenny Points. Reveal the mysterious behaviors and habits of the Oregon Coast Owls and the vital role they play in the local ecosystem.
Saturday, June 9, amphitheater,, 7 p.m.: "Whales - Fountains on the Horizon" with Clint and Kathy Perry. Learn about these magnificent marine mammals, their migratory patterns and the best places to sight them along our beautiful coast.
Tuesday, June 12, meeting yurt, 7 p.m. - "Incredible Sand: with Marty Giles. Uncover the hidden stories and unexpected beauty of sand. You won’t believe what you find.
Wednesday, June 13, amphitheater, 2-3:30 p.m. - Oregon Old Time Fiddlers. Old time music and fiddling with audience participation. It is fun for the whole family.
Wednesday, June 13, meeting yurt, 7 p.m. - "Exploring Oregon’s South Coast" with Steve Greif. Travel through time and learn about the colorful history of the South Coast, from Native Americans through WWII.
Thursday, June 14, amphitheater, 7 p.m. - "Tales of the Cemetery" with Jim Proehl. Did you know there is a cemetery hidden in Bullards Beach? Find out who is buried there and hear the story of how Bullards Beach became a State Park. This program includes a short walk to the cemetery.
Friday, June 15, amphitheater, 7 p.m. - "Coquille Indian Cultural History" with Kassandra Rippee. Journey through the rich history and heritage of the Coquille Indian Tribe.
Saturday, June 16, amphitheater, 7 p.m. - Bullards Beach Interpretive Park Ranger talk with Patrick Newhall. Come meet Interpretive Park Ranger Patrick Newhall. He will speak on a wide variety of natural and cultural topics to enhance visitors' park experience.
Tuesday, June 19, meeting yurt, 7 p.m. - Oregon Coast Historic Railway with Dick Jamsguard. Learn how the historic railway shaped the region's history and the importance of preserving local railroad and logging equipment.
Wednesday, June 20, meeting yurt, 7 p.m. - Bandon Cranberry Farming with the Cram family. A glimpse at cranberry farming along the Oregon Coast and what it takes to be a successful cranberry grower.
Thursday, June 21, amphitheater - Cycling on the Coast with Mike Simpson. An evening chat about all things bicycle. Catch wind of the best routes, rides and cycling opportunities for your riding style and experience level.
Friday, June 22, amphitheater - Bullards Beach Interpretive Park Ranger talk with Patrick Newhall. Come meet Interpretive Park Ranger Patrick Newhall. He will speak on a wide variety of natural and cultural topics to enhance visitors' park experience.
Saturday, June 23, amphitheater - Bullards Beach Interpretive Park Ranger talk with Patrick Newhall.
Tuesday, June 26, meeting yurt - "Life on the River - When the River was a Highway," with Jim Proehl. This program explores the steamboat era on the Coquille River and the communities and industries that grew up along the river. Bandon Historical Museum volunteer Jim Proehl builds this presentation on photographs from the museum’s collection
Wednesday, June 27, amphitheater (2-3:30 p.m.) - Oregon Old Time Fiddlers. Old time music and fiddling with audience participation. It is fun for the whole family.
Wednesday, June 27, meeting yurt - "Bandon’s Pioneer Years" with Reg Pullen. Travel through time and explore the rich history of Bandon, starting with Native Americans 10,000 years ago, through the 1940’s.
Thursday, June 28, amphitheater - "Marine Mammals" with Bill Binnewies. Come learn about seal, sea lions and the great whales that are commonly seen along the Oregon Coast. It’s a whale of a time.
Friday, June 29, amphitheater - "Bandon Beach Treasures" with Haven Andrist. Uncover the rocks, fossils and petrified wood found on local beaches and learn how to identify them.
Saturday, June 30, amphitheater - "Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Hughes House and Lifeboat Station" with the Cape Blanco Heritage Society. Discover how each of these landmark historic sites preserve rich stories from the past and provide memorable experiences for the visitors today.