OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to experience the natural world at Rockport State Park through guided hikes and activities all winter long.
The Deep Forest Experiences take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Friday, Dec. 9 through February 2017 at Rockport State Park in Rockport, off the North Cascades Highway 20 (directions: https://goo.gl/maps/diVVp19F9SK2).
Hikes depart from the Discovery Center at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Rockport State Park staff and volunteers will provide 30- to 45-minute guided hikes through the lush forest that includes ancient fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees, some towering 250-feet tall and more than 300 years old, including “Grandmother Cedar.”
At the family-friendly Discovery Center, participants can enjoy refreshments while warming up by the woodstove, explore interactive displays, watch nature videos, read a book, make crafts and create a puppet show.
Once the eagles have come and gone along the Skagit River, visitors can keep an eye out for uniquely themed walks and talks taking place at the Discovery Center.
A $10 day-use pass or $30 annual Discover Pass is required for parking at Rockport State Park and can be purchased at the park office or Discovery Center.
For more information about and directions to Rockport State Park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/574/Rockport.