State Parks offers free day Aug. 25

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

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Public invited to participate in wildlife photography classes

August 12, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

Northwest Wildlife Photos will present two classes, for ages 14 and older, on wildlife photography at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The first class is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the flex space at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and will cover photography basics during a two-hour session. The second class will involve the actual experience of shooting wildlife photography and is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, also starting at the bathhouse.

The cost is $20 for both classes, with reservations through EventBrite, http://bit.ly/1UzjqXS. Space is limited. A Discover Pass is required to park at the state park, and can be purchased online through Washington State Parks.

Parking costs $10 per day, though Aug. 25 is a free day. For more information, go to www.northwestwildlifephotos.com.

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Pilot Junior Rangers program gets kids involved at state park

July 23, 2015

Washington State Parks invites the young and the young at heart to join their ranks with the new Junior Ranger Program at Lake Sammamish State Park.

By Alysa Adams Participants in a recent Junior Rangers program make masks as part of the birds lesson plan at Lake Sammamish State Park.

By Alysa Adams
Participants in a recent Junior Rangers program make masks as part of the birds lesson plan at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The pilot program, headed by interpretive specialist Alysa Adams, is designed to interest children. However, Adams said everyone who participates, regardless of age, is apt to enjoy the weekend outings.

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To the Editor — July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015

Recycling center

Residents still need the  center, will miss convenience

Our household is saddened by the news of the closure of the Issaquah Recycling Center. Not all of us here on the outskirts of the city have the luxury of curbside recycling, so a stop at the recycling center had become a near-weekly stop to unload cardboard, plastic, glass, newspapers and more.

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State Parks offers three ‘free’ days in late spring

May 5, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer three “free days” this month and next.

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on May 10, a springtime free day; June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day; and June 13, National Get Outdoors Day.

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Park free at state parks for two days in April

March 31, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in April.

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on April 4, a springtime free Saturday, and April 22, Earth Day.

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Editorial — Fido needs a leash when on our trails

March 25, 2015

King County Sheriff’s deputies have recently added dog duty to the list of things they monitor while they’re patrolling the trails and parks.

It’s the law: Dogs must be leashed when we take them along on our hikes.

That goes not just for the county but also for hiking trails on the Department of Natural Resources lands, Washington State Parks and National Forests.

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Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

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.

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Next state parks free parking days are Jan. 18-19

January 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s next free days are Jan. 18-19, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day visits at state parks.

The two dates are to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass—a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

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State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ in 2015, starting today

January 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015

State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ to visitors in 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its schedule of days in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass — a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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