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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year.
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The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.
July 28, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Birch Bay State Park
Raccoons, opossums, skunks, birds, deer, and coyotes are just a few of the wild animals that live with us in Whatcom County. Urban growth and development have created warm, comfortable housing (under decks and against spas) and an abundance of food (pet food and garbage cans). Many wild animals have adapted quite well to this urban environment and some have even managed to flourish. Join Alysha from Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and learn helpful tips on how you can peacefully coexist with the wild animals in your area! Meet at the Wildlife Theater.
July 29, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Birch Bay State Park
What is Dutch Oven Cooking? It's simple, REI will teach you basic recipes, tips and different ways of dutch oven cooking at Birch Bay State Park outside the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education. Cooking for the great outdoors has never been easier, with cast iron skillets and dutch ovens you can cook easily for large groups or just yourself! Dutch Ovens make deserts a cinch, and healthy meals easy! Anything you can cook at home in your oven can be done outdoors in a Dutch Oven. No experience necessary! Please visit the website to register and reserve your spot in the class.
July 26, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
All activities start next to the historic store at the beach in the resort area.
July 26, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
All activities start next to the historic store at the beach in the resort area.
July 27, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 27, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 27, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park
July 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 28, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Cama Beach Cama Center
This Friday, from 5-8, we're hosting another of our popular Dinner in the Park series. To see the full menu, click our FB page. For reservations, call 360-387-3266 or send us a PM. Hope to see you then!
July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Cama Beach Cama Center
Build a toy wooden boat at the Boat House
July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park
A spectacular free outdoor display by Cama Beach Quilters is a burst of brilliant colors that draws visitors from throughout Puget Sound. There are sewing activities for all ages at Cama Center and the custom-made quilts and other handmade items are all for sale.
July 29, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 29, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 30, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
All activities start next to the historic store at the beach in the resort area.
July 31, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 31, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 31, 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses
July 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Camano Island State Park
Audrey Anna Rabalais will teaching you how to make a nature journal in this hands on program.
July 26, 2017, 8:30 AM @ Beard's Hollow
An extremely low tide makes it possible to discover amazing creatures on the edge of the sea. Meet at the Beard's Hollow parking lot. Limited parking.This is an easy 1 mile round trip hike.
July 26, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Cape Disappointment State Park
Discover the unique and fascinating history of Cape Disappointment and Long Beach with the local historian, Bob Duke. Hear about the original inhabitants, early explorers, engineering and building of the jetties and much more. Get all of your questions answered. At the Benson Beach Amphitheater.
July 28, 2017, 8:00 PM @ Benson Beach Amphitheater
Improvising a basic tarp shelter can keep you dry, help you conserve heat and provide a sense of comfort and safety. Learn the basic knots you'll need to make a rain shelter using only a tarp and some rope.
July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Cape Disappointment State Park
Come see the huge, majestic trees on this 1.5 mile no-rush interpretive hike. Learn some bird calls and take macros of ferns and banana slugs with your smart phone.Meet at the trailhead for the Coastal Forest Loop Trail. It is a hilly walk. Bring water.
July 29, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Benson Beach Amphitheater
Come listen to the hair-raising tale of the building and operation of one of the world's most dangerous lighthouses
July 30, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Cape Disappointment State Park
This hike will begin at the interpretive center's front desk. We will hike to nearby trails and learn about the beauty and diversity of the birds seen at Cape Disappointment.It is an easy 1/2 mile hike.
July 30, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Benson Beach Amphitheater
Where does our food come from and how can plants in your own backyard save chocolate, strawberries and pizza ?
July 29, 2017, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Deception Pass State Park
11am Nature Hike and a 2pm Jr. Ranger Program.
Meet at the West Beach Amphitheater Deception Pass State Park
Guided Hike begins at 11am, so visitors should show-up 15 minutes early.
Jr. Ranger Program begins at 2pm.
Want to add to your collection of Jr. Ranger badges? Have the kids complete an activity with a ranger to earn their badge!
July 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Deception Pass State Park
Come listen to Acadian music from the Canadian Maritime Provinces while enjoying the park! Patriarch Louis Léger leads the band on the one-row melodeon (a type of button accordion), son Devon plays fiddle, Devon's mom Barbara plays guitar and his wife, Dejah is on piano. This proudly "old school" family band will have your own family dancing and joining in on the fun. Meet at the West Beach Amphitheater.
July 29, 2017, 8:00 PM @ Dosewallips State Park
Come join us at the Dosewallips Amphitheater while our Park Ranger reads out of a large flip book about the origin of the real Smokey Bear.
July 23, 2017 - July 30, 2017
You will receive focused instruction as you rehearse in combos or vocal classes. Jazz theory sessions provide valuable information for increasing your skills as an improviser. Master classes are conducted each day by faculty members who cover topics specific to their chosen instruments. “Faculty Presents” concerts each afternoon give you a chance to hear performances in an intimate setting. The workshop culminates in a series of “Students Present” concerts in which all participants have an opportunity to perform.
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Students will create reed frameworks, then cover them with tissue mache. All kids, ages 6-10, are welcome. Children will arrive daily at 10 a.m. at Port Townsend School of the Arts in Building 306 at Fort Worden State Park. Pick up will be at noon. The week will end at PTSA with an exhibition for family and friends, showcasing the art created by campers throughout the week.
July 29, 2017, 9:00 AM - July 30, 2017, 4:00 PM
Students will combine hand cut stencils and handwriting on small format paper. They will transform drawing materials, acrylic paint, medium, and resist techniques to create multiple transparent layers that sandwich the elements of image, text and texture. Creating richly layered pieces that have a striking, print like quality. These techniques link together allowing endless opportunity for individual expression. You will complete this class with fresh ideas and a hand-constructed portfolio to house a new body of work. All levels welcome.
July 30, 2017, 4:00 PM - August 6, 2017, 12:00 PM
The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues workshop is held at Fort Worden State Park, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most stunning and inspiring landscapes. Participants can stay in dorms and eat in the Commons (a gathering place at the center of campus where local, sustainable foods are prepared by artisan chefs). The teaching artist-faculty also stay in housing on the Fort Worden campus, lending that family gathering feeling that makes this week more than just a workshop. More than 30 of the country’s best acoustic blues musicians take participants on a journey through history and tradition with classes designed to honor traditions as well as build skills and inspire new traditions. Jam sessions stretch from the afternoons until dawn.
July 31, 2017, 9:00 AM - August 4, 2017, 4:00 PM
This camp takes marine biology skills to the next level through hands on activities. Students do scientific investigations while they sail aboard Northwest Maritime Center vessels . On shore, students participate in intertidal surveys and labs in the touch tanks and exhibits. Campers work together as a team while learning to be stewards of the marine environment.
July 31, 2017, 10:00 AM - August 4, 2017, 12:00 PM
Batik is a "resist" process for making designs on fabric. The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving "blank" areas within your work. All kids, ages 6-10, are welcome. Children arrive daily at 10 a.m. at The Port Townsend School of the Arts in Building 306 at Fort Worden State Park. Pick up of the kids will be at noon. The week will end at PTSA with an exhibition for family and friends, showcasing the art created by campers from throughout the week.
July 30, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Lake Easton State Park
Join Lake Easton State Park staff for a Junior Ranger program for children of all ages on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
July 28, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM @ Lake Sammamish State Park
Join park staff at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and participate in a family focused junior ranger program to discover wacky wetland habitats in Lake Sammamish State Park. Find cool underwater creatures and learn why wetland habitats are important. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and expect to be outside for the duration of the program. Programs last 30-45 minutes and are recommended for children of all ages with adult(s).
July 29, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Lake Wenatchee State Park
The Reptile Man ( Scott Peterson) from the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, WA will delight you with a unique presentation highlighting a collection of reptiles found in the Pacific Northwest! He showcases quality care of these animals, and encourages positive awareness and informative interaction through his programs. Visit the website listed in this email to learn more about his live animal programs and get a taste of what could be expected here! As always children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
July 29, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Lake Wenatchee State Park
The Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Department will provide a Junior Ranger program featuring fire safety information, demonstrations and hands-on involvement with fire trucks, water supplies, firefighter gear and emergency vehicles. Kids 18 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
July 29, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manchester State Park
“Ranger” the Peregrine Falcon comes from Mission Lake near Belfair. Peregrine means “to wander” and these raptors migrate 15,000 miles a year! They are the fastest animals in the world having been clocked at 242 mph while diving for prey. At about 23” long and with a wingspan of 3 feet, “Ranger” is the Falcon to meet.
July 29, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Olmstead Place State Park
Join the staff of Olmstead Place Historical State Park for a Junior Ranger program each Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. beginning Saturday June 17 through Saturday August 19. Programs are geared to children of all ages. All children must have a parent or guardian in attendance.
July 29, 2017, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Olmstead Place State Park
Join Olmstead Place Historical State Park staff for public tours of historic buildings/house museum from 12 Noon to 4:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday beginning July 16 through September 3. Tours by appointment only are offered at other times by calling 509-925-1943.
July 30, 2017, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Olmstead Place State Park
July 29, 2017, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Penrose Point State Park
Come join us for an evening program put on by Bats Northwest, here at Penrose Point State Park in the amphitheater, about bats, with live bats! Bats Northwest is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1996 by scientists, educators, and interested lay people to help protect Pacific Northwest bat populations through education and research. Bats Northwest envisions a future where the essential role of bats is understood, where the public recognizes the vital place of bats in our environment and economy, and where all are inspired by bats’ remarkable attributes and invaluable contribution to our natural heritage. To this end we work to educate the general public about bats, we join with government biologists to research and protect local bat populations, we act as a conduit of information about bats, and we encourage responsible attitudes and actions in human/bat conflicts.
July 26, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Bowl and Pitcher Amphitheater
Wednesday in the Woods -Women's Backpacking Basics. Connect with other female hikers and REI to get an overview of backpacking planning, preparation and gear in the women's only class. This event is being hosted by REI in partnership with Riverside State Park and the Riverside State Park Foundation. Registration through REI at the website listed herein is required.
July 27, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Saint Edward State Park
RUNA consists of five members who come together to bring you Irish folk music mixed with Americana and roots music.
July 26, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center
Discovery Table Talks:
These interactive show and tell sessions will immerse visitors in everything Mount St. Helens, as they learn about the devastating eruption, landscape changes, incredible story of regrowth, return of wildlife, and Native American culture. Look for our table stationed outside; these hands-on mini-lessons will occur repeatedly throughout the day.
July 27, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center
July 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center
July 28, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Seaquest State Park
Junior Ranger Evening Program:
Junior Ranger programs take place at 7pm. at the Seaquest State Park amphitheater on Fridays and Saturdays. These family friendly evening programs are geared towards kids of all ages, and last approximately 45 minutes. Park staff will provide educational lessons on the local wildlife and ecosystems of the surrounding area, and lead an interactive craft or activity. Topics will vary throughout the summer.
July 29, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center
July 29, 2017, 12:30 PM @ Mount St Helens Visitor Center
Mount St. Helens Programs:
Meet at the lower viewing area beside the Visitor Center, seating provided. These formal programs last approximately 15-20 minutes, and introduce visitors to the history, biological recovery and 1980 eruption sequence of Mount St. Helens; the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join.
July 29, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Seaquest State Park
July 30, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Mount St Helens Visitor Center
Wetland Guided Walks:
Meet in front of the Visitor Center. These walks last approximately 35 minutes, and introduce visitors to the wetland ecosystem of Silver Lake, created from a Mount St. Helens eruption thousands of years ago. Join park staff as you discover the flora and fauna of this unique habitat. Bird sightings and mountain views are anticipated. This walk takes place along a flat boardwalk and gravel trail, and visitors meander at an easy pace.
July 30, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center
July 30, 2017, 12:30 PM @ Mount St Helens Visitor Center
July 31, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center
July 27, 2017, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Spencer Spit State Park
Join us at Spencer Spit for a relaxing morning of birding. Bring your coffee mug; we'll supply the fresh brewed coffee, cream and sweetener! Hot chocolate is available for the kids. We'll enjoy a slideshow of birds found on Spencer Spit and then explore the marsh, shoreline, and forest in search of birds. Led by Eric Setterberg and Laurel Vukovic. Meet at the Nature Center.
July 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join the staff of Yakima Sportsman State Park for a campground program from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Check the kiosk for subject material and location to meet.
July 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
July 30, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM