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Posted on: April 10, 2017

17-017 Rockport State Park hosts guest speaker Kevin Zobrist, forestry professor and author



Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Amos Almy, (360) 853-8461

OLYMPIA – April 10, 2017 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to learn about native trees at Rockport State Park with forestry professor and author Kevin Zobrist.

Zobrist’s presentation and hike is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Discovery Center at Rockport State Park, 51905 State Route 20 (North Cascades Hwy), Rockport. (Directions: 

Zobrist is an associate professor at Washington State University and oversees the Extension Forestry program in King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Zobrist also wrote the book, “Native Trees of Western Washington.”  Zobrist will bring his unique perspective as a forestry specialist to this event, starting with a short presentation on tree ecology followed by an hour hike in the forest for a close-up look at the different species in the park. Participants will learn how to identify trees, their special features and adaptations, their role in forest ecology and where they can be found.

Dress for cool and wet winter weather with footwear suitable for wet trails. For more information, contact Amos Almy, Interpretive Specialist, (360) 853-8461 or

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.

About Rockport State Park
Rockport State Park features a rare, ancient forest that has never been logged—a perfect setting for discovering more about the native trees of Western Washington. The 670-acre park is open for day-use visits. For more information about visit: 

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 11 but had to be rescheduled.

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

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