Celebrating natural areas at Sehmel Homestead Park

Photo of people walking on trails at Sehmel Homestead ParkOur friends at Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) will hold a potluck picnic and guided trail walk for GPC members and friends at Sehmel Homestead Park on Sunday, August 27. The potluck starts at 1:30 p.m. at Volunteer Vern Pavilion, followed by a guided walk of the park’s natural areas at 2:30 p.m. Please RSVP to mary@greatpeninsula.org.

As you explore Sehmel Homestead Park, please take a look at the new interpretive signs. Engage Northwest previously developed an interpretive sign plan for Sehmel Homestead Park’s natural areas. Joanne Tejeda is the artist (please see the Instagram post below):

For more information, please see GPC’s Facebook event. Check out activities and events at Sehmel Homestead Park and other Gig Harbor parks at PenMet Parks.

Reaching boat riders through social media

Who would like to see beautiful Puget Sound by boat in the summer? Many people would enjoy it, but not everyone is available during the work week. Working with Destiny Harbor Tours and Riviera Cruises, Engage Northwest created Facebook ads to reach potential boat tour customers in King, Pierce and Thurston counties.

The ads target different audiences and consider their interests, location, age and if they are residents or travelers. I developed five different ads. Some ads include video with music and captions, and others consist of a set of still images. Ads were placed on Facebook and Instagram for both desktops and mobile devices. These previews show three image ads in mobile device view for Destiny Harbor Tours:

Most customers saw the ads on their mobile devices. For example, people traveling in Tacoma primarily saw the ads on mobile devices with about 1/4th placed on Instagram and 3/4ths on Facebook. The ads also reached a younger audience.

For Riviera, I created a slideshow using still images, music and captions. These previews show some of the content:

Photo of Liz Satterthwaite on Riviera

Taking pictures on the Riviera

Results

The Facebook ads increased the businesses’ reach substantially, reaching over 70,000 targeted customers. People engaged with the ads with likes, comments and shares. For example, one person commented on Instagram, “I’m in. Can you text me the price.” Importantly, business is increasing due partly to the increased visibility on social media. The boat tours are a great experience!

About Destiny Harbor Tours

Destiny Harbor Tours offers guided boat tours and charters. During the summer, they run regular two-hour tours from Tacoma and Gig Harbor. Their sister company, Riviera Cruises, offers longer tours and charters, including a 4-hour Puget Sound tour and 3-hour sunset cruise. You’ll see wildlife, waterfronts, the mountain and more!

Note — Liz Satterthwaite took the pictures included in the ads shown in this blog.

Relax on a sunset cruise with Riviera

Photo of Captain Tom steering the boat“This is a dream come true,” said Captain Tom as he took Riviera out on its first-ever sunset cruise earlier this week. A Korean family gave permission for us to take pictures while they enjoyed the boat ride. I was honored to go with the group and capture some of the moments!

Riviera now offers regular sunset cruises in the summer. It’s an affordable and comfortable way to experience  Puget Sound! See Mt. Rainier, the Narrows Bridge, Henderson Bay into Horsehead Bay and more! Return during twilight as the sun sets on Gig Harbor.

This three-hour cruise takes place from 6 – 9 p.m., departing from Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor. You’re welcome to bring food and drink on board. Tickets cost $60 for adult, $50 for seniors and $40 for kids ages 5 – 12. Kids 4 and under are free. Contact Riviera at  253-225-6306 or rivieracruisesps@gmail.com for information and reservations.

This video shows some of the fun during Riviera’s first sunset cruise:

Riviera also offers a four-hour Puget Sound day tour and private charters. Check out their website to see some of the types of charters, including weddings, memorials and events such as Seafair. Riviera’s sister company, Destiny Harbor Tours, offers two-hour boat tours from Tacoma and Gig Harbor. Thank you! — Liz

**Disclaimer: Engage Northwest helps Riviera with photography and social media.**

Explore Sehmel Homestead Park, Sept. 10

Explore Sehmel Homestead Park and learn about its history and nature at a free event on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. PenMet Parks and the Washington Native Plant Society will lead a guided walk through the park’s trails.

For more information, see Sehmel Homestead Park’s Facebook event or a News Tribune article.

Photo of walking tour at Sehmel Homestead Park

Learning about the meadow at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor

If you can’t attend this event, please visit another time and explore the park’s natural areas!

Update: Over 40 people attended the walking tour and learned about family life on the homestead, plants and trees along the trail and ways to get involved in the park. Thank you for participating! Here are some tour pictures.

Disclaimer: Engage Northwest is a communications consultant with the Great Peninsula Conservancy on a similar project at Sehmel Homestead Park.

Returning a trail back to the forest at Sehmel Homestead Park

Photo of volunteers at Sehmel Homestead Park

Volunteers take care of the trail at Sehmel Homestead Park.

Thank you to the volunteers who replaced an unwanted trail with rocks, branches and trees and planted new plants at Sehmel Homestead Park on Saturday. This “Art of Wilderness Gardening” returned the old trail back to the forest.

Photo of volunteer

Volunteers made a difference and had fun, too!

Great Peninsula Conservancy organized this “trail decommissioning” event and partnered with PenMet Parks, Pierce County Master Gardeners, WA Native Plant Society, and Gig Harbor High School. Thank you for your time and for making a difference in our parks and natural areas!

More pictures of the Nov. 7 trail stewardship day are available on Flickr and YouTube.

Disclaimer: Engage Northwest is a communications consultant for Great Peninsula Conservancy on this project.