Events take place on the first “free day” of the year
Updated 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 2014 to add Fields Spring State Park.
OLYMPIA – Dec.10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2015 with First Day Hikes, an event available at 28 state parks on Jan. 1.
In the spirit of the new year, Washingtonians are encouraged to start 2015 with a healthy hike and connect with the diverse natural resources and recreation opportunities found at state parks across Washington on New Year’s Day. The more than two dozen participating state parks are offering guided hikes ranging from coastal beaches to lowland forests to the higher elevations of the Cascade and Selkirk mountains. Explore historic old military batteries, go snowshoeing, identify plants and fungi, ride a fat bike or take advantage of a number of other interesting outdoor activities.
January 1, 2015 is a State Parks ‘Free Day.’ Participants will not need to display the Discover Pass on vehicles in order to access state parks for the New Years Day activities.
“First Day Hikes are a great way for families and individuals to enjoy, appreciate and support their Washington state parks,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “We’re thrilled to participate in this nationwide effort that encourages Americans to get outdoors from the very beginning of the New Year. This is a way that families can create a new memorable New Year’s Day tradition.”
The First Day Hikes program is part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes national initiative organized by the National Association of State Park Directors. The nationwide event first started at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass., more than 20 years ago. The National Association of State Park Directors and America’s State Parks strives to promote and advance the state park systems of American for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. Since 2013, all 50 state park systems have participated in the First Day Hikes program. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org.
Most parks will be providing refreshments, thanks to a donation from the Washington State Employees Credit Union and the Manufactured Home and Recreational Vehicle Association.Hikes at Washington state parks are scheduled as follows. Participants of all ages are welcome, unless otherwise noted. Dogs on leash are welcome, unless otherwise noted:
More details about First Day Hikes are in our Adventure Awaits blog here: adventureawaits.com/2014/12/27-first-day-hikes-wa-state-parks/
* For more information about obtaining Sno-Park Permits, visit: adventureawaits.com/2014/12/27-first-day-hikes-wa-state-parks/
About Washington State ParksThe 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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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
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