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
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.