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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. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. 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.

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  1. Calendar Overlay Beacon Rock State Park (1)
  2. Calendar Overlay Cama Beach State Park (6)
  3. Calendar Overlay Cape Disappointment State Park (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Fort Casey State Park (2)
  5. Calendar Overlay Fort Worden State Park (6)
  6. Calendar Overlay Gingko Petrified Forest State Park (3)
  7. Calendar Overlay Olmstead Place State Park (1)
  8. Calendar Overlay Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail (1)
  9. Calendar Overlay Rockport State Park (2)
  10. Calendar Overlay Saltwater State Park (1)
  11. Calendar Overlay Seaquest State Park (1)
  12. Calendar Overlay State Park Free Days (2)
  13. Calendar Overlay Twin Harbors State Park (1)

Beacon Rock State Park

  1. Park Rx Day guided walk

    April 28, 2019, 10:00 AM @ Doetsch day-use area

    Join Ranger Bob Holland for a guided walk on the ADA-accessible interpretive trail to celebrate National Park Rx Day, observed across the United States to promote the growing healthcare initiative of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve their health.

    Learn about the geologic history and other natural wonders of the Columbia River Gorge on this easy 1-mile hike. Meet at the Doetsch day-use shelter at 10 a.m. There is no cost for the hike, but a Discover Pass is needed for vehicle parking.

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Cama Beach State Park

  1. Eagles in the Forest Nature Walk

    April 20, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Cama Beach Vacation Houses

    Meet by the Store on the Beach Learn all about the eagles of Cama Beach SP and Camano Island SP. This year each of our two Parks has an active Bald Eagle nest! Follow the progress as the chicks grow, test their wings, and eventually take their first flight.

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  2. Toy Boat building

    April 20, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    Choose a hull and sail, drill a step for a mast, and build your very own toy boat! Younger children may need help using our hand drills and hammers, but everyone will have a great time decorating their boat with bottle caps, corks, and crayons.

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  3. Crafts

    April 20, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    Next to the Store on the Beach Materials are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

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  4. Easter Brunch

    April 21, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Cama Beach Cama Center

    EASTER BRUNCH We're serving up all your favorite brunch items including fresh pastries, quiches, meats, blintzes, and desserts. Call 360-387-3266 or email us at https://www.camabeachcafe.com/contact/ to reserve your spot

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  5. Artistic Observations

    April 24, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    Artistic observations, relax your day. . Connect to place and picture what you want to draw or simply see. Materials are provided. Session begins in historic home (adjacent to store) at the beach. All ages and skill levels welcome.

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  6. Toy Boat building

    April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    Choose a hull and sail, drill a step for a mast, and build your very own toy boat! Younger children may need help using our hand drills and hammers, but everyone will have a great time decorating their boat with bottle caps, corks, and crayons.

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Cape Disappointment State Park

  1. Coastal Loop hike

    April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Cape Disappointment State Park

    Meet in the Coastal Loop parking lot at 1 p.m., for 1.5 mile rough dirt trail hike.

    Discover the secrets of the fog forest, a living machine that helps create and regulate the atmosphere. See the largest trees in the park, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, and visit an old fur-trading anchorage hidden in Baker Bay.

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Fort Casey State Park

  1. Junior Ranger Day

    April 20, 2019, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Join us at Fort Casey for Junior Ranger Day, a FREE family-friendly, community event! Pick up your Junior Ranger Activity Book, and then explore the fort. Learn about the history, agriculture, animals, and the partnerships of Ebey's Reserve. Complete the book and receive your Junior Ranger badge.

    Junior Ranger activities are geared to children ages 7 to 14, but it's fun for the whole family. April 20 is also a Discover Pass Free Day - no Discover Pass required.

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  2. Admiralty Head Lighthouse Volunteer Training

    April 25, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Fort Casey State Park

    A call for volunteers! Become a gift shop and/or host docent. Gift shop docents will share information about our lighthouse and sell gift shop items. Host docents will answer questions relating to the lighthouse and Fort Casey, and speak with people from all over the world.

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Fort Worden State Park

  1. Alla Prima Painting with Chris Witkowski, Last Saturday of the Month

    January 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 25, 2019, 4:00 PM

    This initiates a series of ongoing, once a month, full day workshops exploring Alla Prima painting. Commit to your painting. Set aside one day a month and feel good about making it happen. Alla prima is Italian for “at the first” or “at once” and represents the technique of direct painting. Specifically, it has come to mean finishing a painting in one shot. The success or failure of the results rides on the inspiration of the moment and the skill of the artist. It calls for a totality of vision, seeing the “whole picture” in a simplified way. It requires discipline and an economy of technique so as to say more with less. It’s challenging but so satisfying when you pull it off. You will be working from still life materials, learning and practicing all the ways one can achieve a fresh, vibrant painting. Keeping your palette and painting tools clean is of paramount importance in this style of painting. You learn to work fast and cover your painting surface quickly.

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  2. Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit

    April 22, 2019, 9:00 AM - April 26, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this class, students will learn which tools they need, how to sharpen and care for them, and the basic joints to get a solid start in hand-tool woodworking. We will spend the first day of class learning tool restoration and sharpening principles. The second day we will learn to cut the basic woodwork joints; mortise and tenon, dado, and dovetails. The rest of the class will be focused on putting those tools and joints into practice building a small book case.

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  3. Traditional Wood Finishing

    April 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - April 28, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Many contemporary finishes emphasize the convenience of application but do not bring out the beauty of the grain as completely and skillfully-applied traditional finishes. You will start by looking at the virtues and limitations of different finishes, delve into the chemistry of finishes so you will understand how to choose an appropriate finish, learn how to prepare wood with planes, scrapers and sandpaper, work with a bunch of different woods so that you can see how different finishes work with different grains, learn how to prepare and use shellac from flakes and buttons. How to safely and quickly use a range of oil finishes including tung oil, linseed oil and varnish, look at what makes a finish food safe, touch on refinishing and how to restore damaged pieces, introduce the use of stains and dyes, learn how to mix different finishes intended to add more character like ebonizing and the effects achieved from applying multiple layers of milk paint.

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  4. Spring into forest bathing

    April 28, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Meet at noon in front of Madrona MindBody Institute (building 310, past Taps Pub on the left). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Fort Worden State Park and Olympic Peninsula Mindfulness.

    Forest bathing is a delightful form of walking meditation, gently and mindfully connecting you to the natural world through actively engaging the senses. Intentionally paying attention, while walking slowly and pausing, can help us notice so much more than walking to 'get somewhere’. And it is beneficial to your health. Explore the paths at Fort Worden State Park with your guide, Ellen Falconer, who will offer a poem or two, and a brief guided meditation along the way.

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  5. Introduction to Cabinet Making: Kitchenette

    April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 10, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Learn to build basic cabinets and complete a custom installation without the need for big stationary equipment. Using modern tools and a few tricks of the trade, you'll learn how to create cabinetry in a small home shop that is as good as high-priced custom, and much better than what's sold in the big box stores. This two-week course offers an in-depth look at cabinet making basics, including design theory, planning and layout, scribing and installation techniques, and the opportunity to work with materials and tools. After being introduced to the basics, students will each construct a small sample cabinet with carcass, face frame and a door.

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  6. Japanese Tools

    April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 3, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This class will be a hands-on workshop beginning with sharpening and setting up chisels and hand planes. Then moving into layout and cutting of basic jointery. The tools and methods taught will all be traditional. The course will be packed with details that usually require a lengthy apprenticeship to learn.

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Gingko Petrified Forest State Park

  1. Feel the Burn guided hike series: quest for signs of life after wildfire

    April 21, 2019, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park backcountry trailhead located off Vantage Highway, 1/4 mile down Recreation Drive.

    This is the first in the “Feel the Burn” series of hikes, with the second, third and fourth taking place May 19, June 16 and July 21. Interpretive staff and participants will search for early spring wildflowers, regenerating plants and signs of wildlife. Bring wind-proof layers and sturdy hiking shoes.

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  2. Guided hike: Earth Day - forces of nature

    April 22, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park - Backcountry Trailhead located off Vantage Highway, 1/4 mile down Recreation Drive

    Celebrate Earth Day in a spectacular shrub-steppe ecosystem. This moderate guided hike highlights evidence of Earth’s raw power, including floods, fire and fossils! Bring windproof layers and sturdy hiking shoes.

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  3. National Park Rx Day Ranger Hike

    April 28, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ Vantage Highway interpretive trailhead (~2 miles east of Vantage, WA)

    Embrace the health benefits of nature! Join a park ranger on a moderate hike past petrified logs in the ancient lakebed where they formed. Bring water, wind-proof layers and hiking shoes.

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Olmstead Place State Park

  1. Earth Day hike and tours

    April 20, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Olmstead Place State Park

    Hike the 1-mile round trip Altapes Creek Interpretive Trail with a parks interpreter. Explore the relationship of this homestead family to the land. Tour historical Olmstead cabin and Smith House.

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Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

  1. National Park Rx Day Hike

    April 28, 2019, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ South Cle Elum Train Depot

    Embrace the health benefits of nature! Join park staff for an easy, level hike along the old Milwaukee railroad line. Bring water, appropriate layers and hiking shoes.

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Rockport State Park

  1. Monday Health Hikes

    April 22, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Rockport State Park

    Get your fun and fitness with a healthy hike in the park.

    Mondays (Jan. 28 - Jun. 10, except Memorial Day, May 27)

    Leaves from the parking area at Rockport State Park, 51905 Highway 20 (milepost 95) at 11 a.m. Hike will last approximately 1-2 hours depending on pace. We will leave as a group guided by park staff or a volunteer, and maintain a moderate social pace. Attendees are welcome to divide off in order to go at their own pace. Hike is about 3 miles on the Evergreen Trail (though we will point out shortcuts if anyone wants a shorter walk)

    Rain or shine, wear shoes that can get muddy.

    Bonus - 100-mile challenge: if you walk 100 miles within Rockport State Park in 2019, then you can receive a custom-made walking stick by local artist Don Smith! Log your miles on the clipboard near the park office, we will keep track of the totals.

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  2. Monday Health Hikes

    April 29, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Rockport State Park

    Get your fun and fitness with a healthy hike in the park.

    Mondays (Jan. 28 - Jun. 10, except Memorial Day, May 27)

    Leaves from the parking area at Rockport State Park, 51905 Highway 20 (milepost 95) at 11 a.m. Hike will last approximately 1-2 hours depending on pace. We will leave as a group guided by park staff or a volunteer, and maintain a moderate social pace. Attendees are welcome to divide off in order to go at their own pace. Hike is about 3 miles on the Evergreen Trail (though we will point out shortcuts if anyone wants a shorter walk)

    Rain or shine, wear shoes that can get muddy.

    Bonus - 100-mile challenge: if you walk 100 miles within Rockport State Park in 2019, then you can receive a custom-made walking stick by local artist Don Smith! Log your miles on the clipboard near the park office, we will keep track of the totals.

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Saltwater State Park

  1. Earth Day celebration!

    April 20, 2019, 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM @ Saltwater State Park

    Earth Day is a time to enjoy the wonders of nature. Friends of Saltwater State Park are providing a variety of nature activities to enrich and your experience while at the park.

    11:45 AM Scuba dive low tide splash time
    12-4:00 PM Crafts/Nature Activities/ Displays/Marine Life/Photo Blitz
    1:00 PM Live music
    2:00 PM Hike in woods- 1.5 miles
    2-3:00 PM Beach walk with naturalist

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Seaquest State Park

  1. Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center, Guided wetland walk

    April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Mount St. Helens Interpretive Center

    This hike will last approximately 1 hour, and introduces visitors to the wetland ecosystem of Silver Lake-created from a Mount St. Helens eruption thousands of years ago. Join interpretive staff as you discover the flora and fauna of this unique habitat. Bird sightings and mountain views are anticipated. This walk takes place along flat terrain, and visitors meander at any easy pace.

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State Park Free Days

  1. State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

    April 20, 2019, All Day

    To celebrate spring, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

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  2. State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

    April 22, 2019, All Day

    To celebrate Earth Day, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

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Twin Harbors State Park

  1. Washington coastal cleanup

    April 20, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Twin Harbors

    Surfrider, Washington Coast Savers and Washington State Parks are holding the fourth annual beach cleanup. We will supply bags, buckets, gloves, and pickers will be available, or feel free to bring your own. Coffee and treats will be provided in the morning, along with post-cleanup BBQ in the afternoon. Remember to bring your reusable water bottles and mugs.

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