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Learning and fun at state parks in east King, Snohomish counties

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Washington State Parks invites the public to participate in an exciting, educational lineup of free summer programs in state parks in eastern King and Snohomish counties.
 
Programs are designed for visitors of all ages and will focus on the natural and cultural resources found in the greater Seattle region of the cascade foothills area. Visitors will learn about wetland habitats, how to identify native plants and interact with wildlife and the importance of forest decomposers.  Activities will include guided hikes, junior ranger learning games and interactive demonstrations.
 
All children attending Junior Ranger hikes, Junior Ranger programs and Mini Ranger programs must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Bridle Trails State Park (5300 116th Ave. N.E., Kirkland)
Discovery Hike
10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29
Meet in the main parking lot at Bridle Trails State Park to join park staff in an exploration of forest ecosystems. Explore the unique cultural and natural beauty of this urban state park while discovering the importance of urban green spaces. Programs last 45 minutes and are appropriate for people of all ages. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended. The hike includes one hill, which climbs out of the parking lot.
 
Junior Ranger Hike
1 p.m. Sunday, July 29
Meet in the main parking at Bridle Trails State Park to join park staff in a fun family-friendly exploration of forest decomposers. Explore and play games while discovering the important role of these often underestimated plants, animals and bacteria in forest ecology. The program is designed for children ages 4 to 8, but all ages are welcome. Sturdy shoes, snacks and water are recommended. The hike will include one hill that climbs up from the parking lot.
Lake Sammamish State Park (2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah)
 
Discovery Hike
10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 1
Meet at Sunset Beach - see Bridle Trails description for additional information.
 
Junior Ranger Hike
1 p.m. Sunday, July 1
Meet at Sunset Beach - see Bridle Trails description for additional information.
 
Mini Ranger Programs
1:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 30 through September 1
Meet at Sunset Beach Bathhouse. Listen to stories and play games while exploring nature in a family-friendly program designed for children age 2 to 5. The 45-minute Mini Ranger programs are provided weekly on different topics.
 
Junior Ranger Programs
1:30 p.m. Fridays, June 29 through August 31
3:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 30 through September 1
Meet at Sunset Beach Bathhouse. Discover amazing animals, wacky wetlands and how to be a steward of parks while participating in a fun family-friendly program designed for youth ages 4 to 12. Junior Ranger programs are provided weekly on a different topic each week and run 30 minutes.
Olallie State Park (51350 S.E. Homestead Valley Road, North Bend)
 
Nature Nook
10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 30 through Sept. 1
Meet at the Twin Falls trails. Before hiking to the falls, drop by the Nature Nook table to discover feathers, skulls, tracks and more. This activity is for people of all ages.
Saint Edward State Park (14445 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kenmore)
 
Nature Nook
6 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, July 12 through August 16
While listening to the City of Kenmore concert series at Saint Edward, drop by the Nature Nook table.
Wallace Falls State Park (14503 Wallace Lake Road, Gold Bar)
 
Discovery Hike
10:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 26
Meet at the park store - see Bridle Trails description for additional information.
 
Junior Ranger Hike
1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26
Meet at the park store - see Bridle Trails description for additional information.
 
Wallace Falls Evening Programs
7 p.m. Fridays, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10 and August 24
Meet park staff in the park’s amphitheater and discover flora and fauna unique to the Pacific Northwest. Learn how to safely interact with wildlife and identify local plants. Find out about the region’s fascinating history. Topics will change monthly.
 
A Discover Pass is required for park entrance.
 
All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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