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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 (1)
  3. Calendar Overlay Cape Disappointment State Park (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Fort Casey State Park (1)
  5. Calendar Overlay Fort Worden State Park (6)
  6. Calendar Overlay Gingko Petrified Forest State Park (1)
  7. Calendar Overlay Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail (1)
  8. Calendar Overlay Riverside State Park (3)
  9. Calendar Overlay Rockport State Park (1)
  10. Calendar Overlay Seaquest 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. 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. 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. 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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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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Riverside State Park

  1. Spokane Walk to Defeat ALS

    April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Centennial Trail State Park

    The ALS Association’s premier event, our Walk to Defeat ALS® is an outlet for communities across the nation to demonstrate their concern for and the urgent need to find the cure for ALS while providing the best care for those who are currently battling the disease.
    What began more than 15 years ago as a grassroots effort to increase awareness has now turned into a National Signature Event that the entire ALS community rallies behind, growing the number of teams and participants each year. Whether reinvigorated by the Ice Bucket Challenge 2014 or new and concerned about our cause, over 150,000 ALS supporters nationwide participated in local Walks this year. It was incredible to feel your support, as Walks across the country broke fundraising and attendance records, and enthusiasm was off the charts!

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  2. Spokane Aurora NW Rotary Club Bicycle Ride

    April 28, 2019, 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Centennial Trail State Park

    This 26th-year ride offers a variety of fun, scenic and challenging tours for every level of rider. Five tour lengths support all levels of riders and everyone will enjoy a free baked-potato feed at the finish. Tri-athletes may register for a Bike/Run “Brick” transition to a 5 K run from a secure bike holding area. All proceeds to benefit local charities supported by the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club.

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  3. Spokane River Run

    April 28, 2019, 7:45 AM - 4:00 PM @ Riverside State Park

    The Spokane River Run is one of the oldest trail runs in the Northwest. Recognized in the Trail Runner’s Trophy Series, this race features a 5K, 10K, 25K, 25K Challenge, 50K and 50K team relay race.
    The beautiful and challenging courses run through Spokane’s Riverside State Park. The courses are primarily on single-track trail that wind through the thick pine forests of the park between rugged basalt cliffs and the roaring Spokane River.
    The Spokane River Run is the primary fundraiser for the Garfield APPLE program and is completely staffed by volunteers. 100% of the funds raised go to the Garfield APPLE program and our non-profit partners.
    This family friendly event is open to all ages and levels of experience. Many of our own APPLE kids participate in the run.

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Rockport State Park

  1. 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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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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