Hatchery, zoo add events to Highlands Days

April 2, 2013

By Staff

Special activities and discounts are being offered to Issaquah Highlands residents on April 10 and 12 at Highlands Days in Issaquah.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is planning tours, habitat hikes, fish-printing and family-centered activities April 10 to give families a chance to explore during spring break. The zoo is offering a “buy one get one free” admission discount to any highlands resident that visits April 12.

Hatchery events are planned between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 10. Tours of the inner workings of the hatchery will be at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Habitat hikes will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants will take a quarter-mile walk along Issaquah Creek and learn about what makes a stream a home for salmon.

Child friendly activities will take place in the Watershed Science Center and will include painting a salmon and imprinting the design on paper for children to take home. There will be microscopes to look at pond water to find the tiny critters and bugs that live in the creek, and demonstrations of the salmon life cycle. The event is free and open to all.

Exciting and informative mini lectures, demonstrations and shows will be held at the zoo throughout the day April 12. Visitors can stroll the zoo walkways and see some of their favorite zoo animals in a special setting, being led or carried by their keepers. Observe lemurs, wallabies, macaws, reindeer and other animals in action. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FISH is a volunteer and membership-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Through educational programs in school classrooms and at the hatchery, FISH educates the community about the salmon lifecycle and inspires stewardship of the Puget Sound watershed. Learn more at www.issaquahfish.org.

Cougar Mountain Zoo specializes in educating visitors about the threatened, endangered and unique species that reside at the zoo. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that is not city or state funded. Learn more at www.cougarmountainzoo.org.


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