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The long-distance recreation rail trail that runs from North Bend to the Idaho border has a brand new name – Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. The State Parks Commission unanimously voted last week to rename the trail. Read on...
The first stop in the lively and entertaining New Old Time Chautauqua- State Parks tour is June 14 through 20, at Sun Lakes - Dry Falls State Park, Coulee City and nearby communities of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Read on...
Washington State Parks and the New Old Time Chautauqua are once again teaming up for a summer tour of fun and educational events at six state parks and local communities. The tour kicks off June 14. Read on...
Washington State Parks invites the public to enjoy three free days at state parks next month on June 2, 9 and 10. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle. 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.
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.