Public invited to enjoy the outdoors in nature-walk series

July 16, 2013

By Neil Pierson

The city of Sammamish is hosting a series of nature walks the third Saturday of each month from July through October.

The walks, free of charge, start at 10 a.m. and last 90-120 minutes. Below are dates, locations and details of the next four events. Register online at www.sammamishwalks.org.

July 20

Big Rock Park

21805 S.E. Eighth St., Sammamish

Participants will learn about the history, geology and plans for the future of one of the city’s newest parks. Sammamish Heritage Society member Steve Thues and former Sammamish Parks Commissioner Judy Petersen will lead the walk. Cameras and binoculars are useful tools, but organizers have asked for dogs to be left behind.

 

Aug. 17

Evans Creek Preserve

4001 224th Ave. N.E., Redmond

Sammamish Parks Commissioner Brad Conner will lead the 2-mile walk along trails and boardwalks constructed by volunteers and city staff members over the past two years. Unlike many densely forested parks, the 179-acre property provides views of meadows and wetlands.

 

Sept. 21

Beaver Lake Preserve 1400 Beaver Lake Drive S.E., Sammamish

Sammamish Parks Commissioner Hank Klein and Audubon Society member Janice King will lead the 1.2-mile walk, which will span both sides of Beaver Lake Forest. The 67-acre forest, with mature trees and 1,600 feet or shoreline, is home to a variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, barred owls and northern red-legged frogs.

 

Oct. 19

Soaring Eagle Park 26015 E. Main Drive, Sammamish

With 640 acres and nearly 13 miles of trails, every walk through Soaring Eagle can be a new experience. Guide Randy Jackson knows all the twists and turns of the complex trail system, and he’ll stop occasionally to explain the trail markers, talk about wildlife and discuss the park’s origins.

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