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Washington State Parks’ Boating Program is leading a statewide awareness effort to promote safe paddling while having fun on the water. Earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation declaring July 20 through 28 Paddle Safe Week. Read on...
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider adopting 2019-21 budget requests at its meeting next week in Vancouver that allow State Parks to build on progress made starting in 2015-17 and achieve a healthy, sustainable park system. Read on...
As part of a nationally coordinated event—Operation Dry Water—State Parks Boating Program and partners are asking boaters to stay sober on the water. Emphasis patrols will be conducted June 29 through July 1. Read on...
Families create histories at Washington state parks At Washington State Parks, rangers, Parks commissioners and staff hear from family, friend and neighbor groups who choose one park and return every summer, passing down a cherished tradition over four generations and half a century or more.
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.
Washington State Parks is committed to better trails for a diversity of user groups. Last fall, Parks collaborated with several partners to add 9-plus miles of mountain bike trails to Olallie State Park.
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