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With the upcoming opening of waterfowl and upland game hunting seasons, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program wants people who hunt from boats to be safe and know the boating laws before they head out on the water. Read on...
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider placing Westport Light State Park on a short list of candidates to be considered for a new park predesign study at their regular meeting Sept. 20, in Okanogan. Read on...
Families create histories at Washington state parks At Washington State Parks, rangers, Parks commissioners and staff hear from family, friend and neighbor groups who choose one park and return every summer, passing down a cherished tradition over four generations and half a century or more.
Washington State Parks’ interpretive staff juggle a full schedule of in-park activities and visits to local schools, all of which connect children with our state’s nature and history. Earlier this year, two interpretive specialists had a very special day at Skagit Head Start.
Preserving the past What happens when an artifact is found in a state park, or when it is donated? Meet the museologist who cares for Washington State Parks’ million artifacts, and learn the fascinating process used to keep this state history safe and long-lived.
Parks' arbor crew goes out on a limb for trees Washington State Parks’ six-person arbor crew serves the parks’ oldest and quietest residents, the trees and shrubs that make parks extraordinary. In doing so, the team provides visitors with a safe, healthy environment, and it preserves natural spaces for future generations.
State Parks' Marine Crew Gets Deep Meet the small team of divers and tradesmen who service the waters of Washington’s state parks. The watery haven of Washington has long been a boater’s delight, and hundreds of thousands of boaters enjoy its state parks each year.
Washington State Parks and its partner, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, recently finished development of the Kukutali Preserve, a rare landform on the Swinomish Reservation that is co-owned by Parks and the Tribe. The enhancements to Kukutali, which is located near Deception Pass, improve visitor access, interpretation of the land and protection of its fragile environment.
Washington State Parks is committed to better trails for a diversity of user groups. Last fall, Parks collaborated with several partners to add 9-plus miles of mountain bike trails to Olallie State Park.
Nobody likes to think about sewage in their swimming lakes, fishing coves and shellfish beds. Untreated sewage poses health and environmental risks, and it’s just gross. In 2016, Washington’s Clean Vessel Program, managed by Washington State Parks, kept 10 million gallons of waste out of our waterways, and the work continues.
The salmon are happy at Potlach, Dosewallips and Flaming Geyser state parks.
Just over a year after Washington State Parks removed 15 culverts in eight state parks to improve salmon migration, hundreds of fish have returned for the first time in decades.