September 25, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission hosts another free day Saturday, Sept. 26, when day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The free day is in recognition of the 22nd anniversary of National Public Lands Day — the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
State Parks “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.
September 24, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.
The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.
Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.
August 21, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free park day Tuesday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The free day is in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916.
State Parks free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, and the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.
The Discover Pass legislation provided that Washington State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days. Read more
March 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2015
Washington State Parks turns 102 years old March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.
March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park, such as Lake Sammamish State Park.
Learn more about the Discover Pass at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
August 24, 2014
NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”
Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.
The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.
April 29, 2014
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined local conservation leaders April 25 to announce that Lake Sammamish has been chosen as one of eight pilot partnerships nationwide under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative.
The partnership will help connect people in the Seattle metro-area to the great outdoors and, in particular, efforts to restore kokanee salmon runs in the Lake Sammamish Watershed.
“Children have become increasingly disconnected from nature,” Jewell said in a news release. “The Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership seeks to reverse this trend by providing meaningful opportunities for urban residents in the region, especially young people, to get outdoors and engage in hands-on learning and conservation of kokanee salmon and its habitat.”