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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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  5. Calendar Overlay Centennial Trail State Park (2)
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  7. Calendar Overlay Fort Worden State Park (16)
  8. Calendar Overlay Lake Sylvia State Park (1)
  9. Calendar Overlay Mount Spokane State Park (1)
  10. Calendar Overlay Ocean City State Park (1)
  11. Calendar Overlay Pacific Beach State Park (1)
  12. Calendar Overlay Palouse Falls State Park (3)
  13. Calendar Overlay Riverside State Park (3)
  14. Calendar Overlay Sacajawea State Park (2)
  15. Calendar Overlay State Park Free Days (1)
  16. Calendar Overlay Twin Harbors State Park (1)
  17. Calendar Overlay Westport Light State Park (1)

Beacon Rock State Park

  1. Fall nature and photo scavenger hunt

    September 22, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Beacon Rock State Park

    Join author and educator Wendy Gorton for a fall scavenger and photo hunt to Pool of the Winds along the Hamilton Mountain Trail at Beacon Rock State Park. Parents and caregivers: bring your phones to learn how to use a free app to identify plants we find along the trail to complete our hunt. Another part of this outing will involve a nature journaling extravaganza. Nature journals and pens will be provided for all participants to reflect and record their discoveries. We'll also visit a local geocache hidden along the trail.

    This family-friendly hike takes you up a steep but beautifully forested climb to three tiers of waterfalls. The round-trip hike is 2.5 miles with a 440-foot elevation gain.

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Bridle Trails State Park

  1. Stewardship projects - National Public Lands Day

    September 28, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bridle Trails State Park

    Connecting to nature through service!

    Bridle Trails Park Foundation is teaming up with the Lake Washington Saddle Club and Park Ranger Matt Birklid for an autumn morning of park love. Stewardship projects will include the removal of invasive plants and weeds in and around event areas, trail tidying and trimming, and horse arena maintenance. Bring work gloves, hand pruners, steel rakes and hoes. Extra tools and work gloves will be available, and event volunteers can earn service hours.

    Volunteers of all ages will meet in the main event area of the park for a welcome and orientation before heading out to specific sites within the park. Groups are welcome and encouraged. The foundation will provide water, snacks and lunch for all participants.

    A Discover Pass is not required in the parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 28. Please RSVP so we have enough refreshments for everyone.

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Cama Beach State Park

  1. Historic cabin tour

    September 20, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    This place has a magic to it! Originally a fishing resort in the 1930s and '40s run by a family, and now a state park, the cabins retain much of their original charm. Especially cabin 28 which is still outfitted to reflect earlier days. Stop by the store for a short tour of this cabin and perhaps a crafts adventure to follow. Also available is a Cama Beach stroll. Join tour leaders along a relaxed walk talking about history from thousands of years ago to today.

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  2. Toy boat building

    September 21, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 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 for all ages

    September 28, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    You and your children can create crafts that vary each day but could include tree ring medallions! Meet in the driveway by the store or the whale room depending on weather.

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  4. Toy boat building

    September 28, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 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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  5. Nature walk

    September 28, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Take a relaxing hike through the forest and see the changes the season brings. Have a phone or camera handy to take pictures of the forest and perhaps a deer or rabbit that may cross your path.

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Cape Disappointment State Park

  1. Washington Clean Coast Alliance Beach Clean-Up

    September 21, 2019, All Day @ Cape Disappointment State Park

    It's time again for the annual Fall beach clean-up! Come join other volunteers in helping to preserve our clean coastline.

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Centennial Trail State Park

  1. Centennial Trail: JDRF Community One Walk

    September 22, 2019, 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Riverfront Park

    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Community One Walk is led by passionate volunteers with one goal: to create a world without Type 1 diabetes (T1D). It's amazing what can happen when a community comes together to make a cure a reality—and there's no better time than the present to get started!

    When you participate in a Community One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with like–minded people who are committed to going above and beyond to help turn Type One into Type None.

    Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with your community today.

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  2. Centennial Trail Sugar Rush 5K

    September 28, 2019, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Mirabeau South Trailhead

    WE WILL RUN FOR SWEETS!

    Join the friends of Spokane Valley Partners for the 2019 SUGAR RUSH 5K along the Centennial Trail. All funds raised go to support the Inland NW Diaper Bank at Spokane Valley Partners.

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Fort Simcoe State Park

  1. Tours

    September 21, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Fort Simcoe State Park

    Staff will be on-site to give tours of the Commander's Quarters. The Interpretive Center will also be open.

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  2. Tours

    September 28, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Fort Simcoe State Park

    Staff will be on-site to give tours of the Commander's Quarters. The Interpretive Center will also be open.

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Fort Worden State Park

  1. Learn to Paint Using Acrylics with Julie Read

    August 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 18, 2019, 1:00 PM

    Learn to paint using acrylics in this 6-week course. Students will explore a range of acrylic painting techniques to create soft images inspired by nature, and also bold, bright, wild creations that acrylics are known for. Each assignment will guide students step-by-step through planning for a painting, preparing surfaces for paint, and finishing a completed painting.

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  2. Narrative Ideas & Practice Part Two with Ginny Banks

    September 12, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 10, 2019, 12:00 PM

    For this class, you will explore the many varied ways to tell a visual story. For someone developing a visual story, the most important thing to ask is “What is the story you really want to tell? This class is a continuation of Narrative Ideas and Practice Part One. It will build upon what you have already learned in that class. However, you do not have to have taken Part One in order for you to participate and enjoy this class. Beginners are welcome,

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  3. Techniques for Success in Watercolor with Shirley Mercer

    September 12, 2019, 1:00 PM - October 3, 2019, 4:00 PM

    Technique will be the focus in this four-week watercolor class. Using the class project image supplied, you will experiment with the following: Wet-in-wet, Using value to create shape and distance, Color mixing, Creating a focal point from a photo and reserving the "white" of the paper. Students may expect class demos and one-on-one instruction.

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  4. Build a Cabinet Maker's Sector

    September 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - September 15, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this two-day class, students will build their own Cabinetmaker’s Sector, my modernized design for the ancient geometer’s tool, used for drawing, drafting and the layout of dimensions and joinery on woodwork. The class will revolve around the skills of modern hand-tool makers, including careful marking and measuring, mixing metal and wood, hand shaping, finishing and how to use the tool.

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  5. Build a Cabinet Maker's Sector

    September 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - September 15, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this two-day class, students will build their own Cabinetmaker’s Sector, my modernized design for the ancient geometer’s tool, used for drawing, drafting and (in my shop) the layout of dimensions and joinery on woodwork. The class will revolve around the skills of modern hand-tool makers, including careful marking and measuring, mixing metal and wood, hand shaping, finishing and (of course) how to use the tool.

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  6. Drawing Fundamentals: Level Two with Nonie Gaines

    September 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - September 15, 2019, 3:00 PM

    Students will use techniques acquired in the beginning drawing class to further enhance their art knowledge and to develop a ‘personal style’. Potential areas of exploration include one, two and three point perspective, landscape drawing, basic portraiture, drawing animals, composition and mediums other than graphite pencil.

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  7. Travel Journal Sketching with Darsie Beck

    September 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 15, 2019, 3:00 PM

    This workshop provides an introduction to the process involved in creating a travel sketch journal, from page design, to material demonstration and hands-on experimentation as well as field work in and around Fort Worden. All skill levels are welcome.

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  8. Watercolor Methods of the Masters with Linda Okazaki

    September 17, 2019, 1:00 PM - October 15, 2019, 4:00 PM

    Launch your fall studio practice in watercolor painting while exploring methods for success and understanding the work of contemporary and recognized masters. Develop sophistication in your interpretive abilities, compositions and handling watercolor medium based upon strong visual resources and guided techniques for adventuresome beginners and advanced painters.

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  9. Bookbinding Basics with Taylor Hanigosky

    September 24, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 25, 2019, 3:00 PM

    In this workshop, students will learn how to create hard and softcover hand bound books. You will begin with a basic discussion of book construction, useful tools and paper choice. From there, students will learn the basic 3-hole stitch, Japanese stab binding, Coptic stitch and secret Belgian binding. These are book constructions I personally use regularly and that offer a variety of design scenarios to prepare students to create a book for whatever situation they can dream of. Students will make several books in the workshop and leave with knowledge and hands-on skills to make their own artist books and journals and to continue creative and more advanced book binding pursuits.

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  10. British Singer-Songwriter Luke Jackson

    September 24, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. He was also winner of Fateas Male Artist of the Year 2014 and 2016 and his live album Solo:Duo:Trio was voted 2018 Album of the Year by Laurel Canyon. Over the past few years he has steadily developed a reputation for himself in the Folk, Roots, Americana & Acoustic circuits, either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook and Sarah Jarosz .

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  11. Mindfulness Practices for Art-Making with Meg Kaczyk

    September 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 27, 2019, 2:00 PM

    In this 2-day workshop you will learn mindfulness practices that can benefit your art making. Simple guided meditation to ground your awareness in the senses will begin each day, followed by art making exercises based on different aspects of mindful experience. Relaxation, presence, acceptance and expansion are liberating and fun outcomes from learning mindfulness basics.

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  12. Raku with Jim Romberg

    September 28, 2019, 9:00 AM - September 29, 2019, 5:00 PM

    The Raku ceramic process and aesthetic dating from 15th century Japan provides unique opportunities for personal expression in clay. This workshop will present glazing and firing techniques special to Raku. Based on a philosophy of spontaneity and innovation Raku pieces are fired one at a time, removed red hot from the kiln and given a special post firing reduction treatment to bring out special effects of glaze and surface. In addition, methods to construct an inexpensive backyard Raku kiln will be presented with sources for materials and equipment. The workshop is open for beginners and advanced participants to glaze and fire their own or provided bisqueware with the Raku technique.

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  13. Maritime Sketching with Rick Myers

    September 28, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 29, 2019, 3:00 PM

    In this class, you will learn the use of perspective, line, and shape to inform your drawings when working from observation. You will work from a drawing system that will help create a picture with depth, and accurate representation of forms within the space. You will create drawings from still life, pictures, and in person, either at the boat yard or Northwest Maritime Center, depending on availability of space and weather.

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  14. Johnny Long & John Greyhound Maxwell

    September 28, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    John Long's uncanny ability to sound like a prewar country blues player -- even as he plays original blues pieces he wrote himself or with his older brother Claude Long -- makes his music sound both like a facsimile of the 1920s and early-'30s blues 78s he so treasures while somehow simultaneously sounding refreshingly modern, maybe because nobody plays this kind of throwback blues anymore, at least not with the care and precision that Long brings to it.

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  15. Tracy Grammer

    September 29, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation's top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter.

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  16. Foundations of Woodworking

    September 30, 2019, 9:00 AM - December 20, 2019, 5:00 PM

    This course drills deep into the basics, beginning with a firm foundation in understanding wood as a material and incorporates introductory training in a wide range of techniques. The curriculum focuses on imparting skills through a series of projects designed to build on one another in techniques and complexity. After twelve weeks, you'll leave with an in-depth experience of hand tools; having practiced applications of joinery methods, considered choices for wood selection and worked with non-toxic materials. And you’ll understand practical planning for designing and executing woodworking projects.

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Lake Sylvia State Park

  1. Fall Festival

    September 21, 2019, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Lake Sylvia State Park

    The festival begins with a camp-style pancake breakfast and is followed by trail races, old-fashioned games for kids, kids crafts, Boy Scout cooking demonstrations, water sports, live music, arts and crafts vendors, food and more. Fun for the whole family!

    Discover Pass required if parking onsite. Free shuttle service available all day from the Simpson Elementary School just off 3rd Street on your way to the park.

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Mount Spokane State Park

  1. All Gravity Enduro Series

    September 28, 2019, 12:30 PM - September 29, 2019, 3:00 PM @ Mount Spokane State Park

    Mt Spokane Enduro will be a 5 stage race with 4000 feet of climbing for sport/expert/pro. 3 stages for beginner races, 2200 ft of climbing – shuttles will pick beginners up after stage 3 and everyone else after stage 5. Racing will take place on the best trails that Mt Spokane has to offer with hopefully some changes to course in 2019… The views and scenery are amazing, the trails are built under a thick canopy and several overlooks along the way.

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Ocean City State Park

  1. Washington Clean Coast Alliance Beach Clean-Up

    September 21, 2019, All Day @ Ocean City State Park

    It's that time again for the annual Fall beach clean-up! Join other volunteers in our effort to preserve our clean coastline.

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Pacific Beach State Park

  1. Washington Clean Coast Alliance Beach Clean-Up

    September 21, 2019, All Day @ Pacific Beach State Park

    It's that time again for the annual Fall beach clean-up! Join other volunteers in our effort to preserve our clean coastline.

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Palouse Falls State Park

  1. Palouse Falls State Park Interpretive Talks

    September 15, 2019, 2:00 PM @ Palouse Falls State Park

    Palouse Falls interpretive talks 2pm, meet at lower parking lot, every Sunday until end of September

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  2. Palouse Falls State Park Interpretive Talks

    September 22, 2019, 2:00 PM @ Palouse Falls State Park

    Palouse Falls interpretive talks 2pm, meet at lower parking lot, every Sunday until end of September

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  3. Palouse Falls State Park Interpretive Talks

    September 29, 2019, 2:00 PM @ Palouse Falls State Park

    Palouse Falls interpretive talks 2pm, meet at lower parking lot, every Sunday until end of September

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Riverside State Park

  1. Happy Girls Spokane Run

    September 21, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute

    The Numerica Happy Girls Run Spokane brings together women of all levels of physical fitness and achievement for a race that is nothing short of life-changing for many runners. From the moment the race begins, the air is electrified with excitement and camaraderie; There is nothing more motivating than meeting runners who, despite personal hardships, cross the finish line with huge smiles.

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  2. Valleyfest

    September 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Mirabeau Point Park

    Washington State Parks will attend this event and have information available for the public. Staff will have Discover Passes for sale and be available to provide information and answer questions about state parks in the Spokane area. Valleyfest is an annual tradition bringing the greater region together since 1990. The community-wide celebration is held each September at Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace Regional Event Center in the Spokane Valley. Live entertainment for the entire family, an opportunity to meet and have fun with friends, and recognize area youth for their talents.

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  3. Tartarus Backyard Ultra

    September 27, 2019, 7:00 AM - September 28, 2019, 12:00 PM @ Seven Mile Airstrip

    Come see an endurance race like no other. Each participant will run until they can run no longer. Last runner standing wins. With two types of races starting at the top of every hour, runners will follow a 4.1-mile loop and ruckers, carrying weighted packs, follow a 3.2-mile loop. Seven Mile Airstrip provides the ideal course loops to use soft trails during the day and hard trails throughout the night.

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Sacajawea State Park

  1. Sacajawea State Park - IN A LANDSCAPE - Classical Music in the wild

    September 21, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Sacajawea State Park

    IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Hunter Noack will bring his 9-foot Steinway grand piano to Historical Sacajawea State Park to perform live and outdoors. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted to the concert-goers via wireless headphones. No longer confined to seats, everyone will be able to explore the landscape during this concert experience. Website/tickets: https://www.inalandscape.org/

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  2. Heritage Days

    September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019 @ Sacajawea State Park

    Heritage Days presented by Fiends of Sacajawea State Park. Join us for a walk through history at the site where the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery camped over 200 years ago.

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State Park Free Days

  1. State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

    September 28, 2019, All Day

    To celebrate the National Public Lands 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 Clean Coast Alliance Beach Clean-Up

    September 21, 2019, All Day @ Twin Harbors

    It's that time of year again for our annual Fall beach clean-up! Join other volunteers as we preserve our clean coastlines.

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Westport Light State Park

  1. Westport Light: Bike rodeo

    September 28, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Ocean avenue parking lot.

    This event is for children ages 4-13. A park ranger will do a bike safety talk on helmet fitting, tire inspection, and road safety prior to letting them try a fun obstacle course. Bring a bike, helmet, close-toed shoes and water.

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