State parks and SUBWAY launch meal program

September 10, 2013

In honor of the Washington State Parks Centennial and National Public Lands Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and SUBWAY restaurants have collaborated to launch No Family Left Inside.

The program will reward park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in all 406 SUBWAY locations in 17 counties throughout Western Washington for the month of September.

Visit a participating store and show the pass to receive a free 6-inch sandwich with the purchase of a 6-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30-ounce drink.

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Explore state, national parks at no cost for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013

Washingtonians can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lake Sammamish State Park and other state facilities, Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state forestlands, or in national forests and parks.

Officials at the agencies responsible for state and national public lands waived admission fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

Visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain near Issaquah.

Mount Rainier National Park waived entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is waiving fees at more than 74 day-use sites in the forest.

Throughout the year, state and national parks waive entrance fees to promote outdoor recreation.

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Washington state parks, national parks offer free entry for National Get Outdoors Day

June 7, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. June 7, 2012

Forget the Discover Pass.

Washington state parks, alongside national parks, offer free entry Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day, a chance to experience outdoor recreation areas at no cost.

So, visitors headed to Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks in the Issaquah area do not need a Discover Pass to enter. Similarly, the entrance fee to Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks — and all other national parks in Washington and from coast to coast — is waived.

Washington boasts more than 100 developed state parks, from majestic Deception Pass State Park to the old-growth forest of Lewis & Clark State Park.

The state also hosts 13 national park sites under National Park Service administration.

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National Public Lands Day comes to Issaquah Alps

September 23, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 23, 2011

Issaquah Alps peaks host volunteers Saturday for National Public Lands Day.

Organizations plan trail work on Cougar and Tiger mountains in the Issaquah area.

Washington Trails Association and King County Parks volunteers plan to decommission old trail sections along Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park’s Indian Trail.  The decommissioning involves adding plants in the old tread.

The work party runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is designed for families, and participants can sign up at the Washington Trails Association’s website.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build Tiger Mountain trails Saturday for National Public Lands Day.

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Build Tiger Mountain trails for National Public Lands Day

September 20, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build Tiger Mountain trails Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day.

The local event for National Public Lands Day is a bike trails work party on East Tiger Mountain.

The event at the Tiger Summit Trailhead, southeast of Issaquah, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The state natural resources agency and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance need volunteers to dig, clear debris and bench in a trail on the East Tiger Summit Trail.

Organizers plan a barbecue lunch to follow the work party.

Contact Sam Jarrett at 206-375-0448 or sam.jarrett@dnr.wa.gov to learn more.

Participants should bring water, snacks, work gloves, work boots and, if possible, personal protection equipment, such as a hardhat and tools, for digging and brush clearing.

Participants at each of the Department of Natural Resources-sponsored events can receive a voucher for a complimentary Discover Pass, a parking pass for state parks and lands.

Build trails on Tiger Mountain for National Public Lands Day

September 17, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build trails on Tiger Mountain for National Public Lands Day.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and the Department of Natural Resources invite the public to join volunteers and partner organizations to celebrate public lands Sept. 24.

Participants at each of the Department of Natural Resources-sponsored events can receive a voucher for a complimentary Discover Pass, a parking pass for state parks and lands. The volunteers attending the National Public Lands Day events receive a complimentary one-day Discover Pass.

The local event for National Public Lands Day is a bike trails work party on East Tiger Mountain.

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Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

September 21, 2010

Help Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers yank invasive plants at Lake Sammamish State Park or upgrade Tiger Mountain Trail on National Public Lands Day Sept. 25.

The day celebrates service and recreation on public lands.

Crews plan to remove invasive plants at the state park and conduct trail work from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for half- or full-day stints at the park. The trail work is limited to full-day volunteers. Sign up at the greenway website.

Volunteers at Tiger Mountain will repair overused trails by resurfacing, brushing and fixing drainage issues.

Early settlers used Tiger Mountain — a 13,500-acre foothill of the Cascades — for mining and timber. Nowadays, the land is owned and managed by Issaquah and the state Department of Natural Resources. More than 4,500 acres have been set aside for recreation and wildlife habitat.

“Tiger Mountain remains one of the most popular places to recreate in the greenway,” greenway Executive Director Cynthia Welti said. “There is something for everyone.”

Help restore Tiger Mountain on National Public Lands Day tomorrow

September 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2009

Volunteers are needed Saturday for National Public Lands Day, when environmental groups will work on Tiger Mountain.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will join volunteers to conduct trail maintenance and ecological restoration at Tiger Mountain. The work starts at 9 a.m.

The event runs to 3 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the upper parking lot of the High Point Trailhead. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust will provide coffee and snacks. Learn more about the event here.

Early settlers used Tiger Mountain — a 13,500-acre foothill of the Cascades — for mining and timber. Today, the land is owned and managed by Issaquah and the state Department of Natural Resources. More than 4,500 acres are set aside for recreation and wildlife habitat.

Washington Conservation Corps members, former Greenway Summer Camp participants and other volunteers will remove invasive plants, like blackberry and holly, near the High Point Trailhead.

Volunteers will also build fences to close off the unused, marshy trail that once linked the Swamp and Ruth Kees Big Tree trails.