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Beginning in mid-summer, the boat launch and parking area at Sequim Bay State Park will be closed for at least 18 weeks while contractors replace the park's bulkhead and boat launch floats and make other improvements. Read on...
State Parks is considering consolidating and changing the names of the Iron Horse State Park Trail and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, and the agency is asking the public to weigh in by May 4. Read on...
State Parks invites the public to learn more about plans for continued development and improvement of a 15-mile section of the Willapa Hills State Park Trail between Raymond and Lebam. Information meeting is April 23, in Raymond. Read on...
When Sacajawea Historical State Park reopens April 1 for the season, the days of operation for the interpretive center will be Wednesday through Sunday. On these days, the center hours will still be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read on...
Washington State Parks’ interpretive staff juggle a full schedule of in-park activities and visits to local schools, all of which connect children with our state’s nature and history. Earlier this year, two interpretive specialists had a very special day at Skagit Head Start.
Preserving the past What happens when an artifact is found in a state park, or when it is donated? Meet the museologist who cares for Washington State Parks’ million artifacts, and learn the fascinating process used to keep this state history safe and long-lived.
Parks' arbor crew goes out on a limb for trees Washington State Parks’ six-person arbor crew serves the parks’ oldest and quietest residents, the trees and shrubs that make parks extraordinary. In doing so, the team provides visitors with a safe, healthy environment, and it preserves natural spaces for future generations.
State Parks' Marine Crew Gets Deep Meet the small team of divers and tradesmen who service the waters of Washington’s state parks. The watery haven of Washington has long been a boater’s delight, and hundreds of thousands of boaters enjoy its state parks each year.
Park aides sign on for adventure, hard work Washington State Parks employs approximately 400 park aides and 45 senior park aides per season. They work in the desert, in forests, by rivers, lakes and the ocean and in historically significant locations. They help rangers and maintenance staff; they participate in interpretive and education programs; they do housekeeping for cabin, yurt and vacation house rentals, and they enforce Discover Pass compliance. Every day is different, and they rarely sit still for long.
Nobody likes to think about sewage in their swimming lakes, fishing coves and shellfish beds. Untreated sewage poses health and environmental risks, and it’s just gross. In 2016, Washington’s Clean Vessel Program, managed by Washington State Parks, kept 10 million gallons of waste out of our waterways, and the work continues.
The salmon are happy at Potlach, Dosewallips and Flaming Geyser state parks.
Just over a year after Washington State Parks removed 15 culverts in eight state parks to improve salmon migration, hundreds of fish have returned for the first time in decades.
Washington State Parks recently completed major restoration work on the Mount Constitution lookout tower. The upper deck and summit house were preserved using a blend of modern, historically similar and original materials. Parks’ 2015-17 capital budget funded the work
Washington’s second state park, the 1915 Jackson House State Park Heritage Site has seen tremendous improvements this past spring. State Parks restored the cabin, improved the parking lot and built an ADA-accessible pathway to the historic home.