Are you looking for ways to engage your kids in the great outdoors (instead of their screens) this summer? The Junior Park Ranger program at both the Washington State Parks and the National Parks is a great way to do just that. Junior Rangers take an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family. The Junior Ranger booklet and badge program is a fun way for youth and families to explore national and state parks. Designed for youth 4 and up, this self-guided program encourages families to discover the natural and cultural wonders of the park system through fun exploration, games, and creative activities.
A State Park can provide the perfect stunning backdrop for your next event. Whether you’re planning a wedding, an anniversary party, a retirement celebration or other event, a State Park may be just the perfect environment. However, there are some special considerations to keep in mind if you’re planning on celebrating on State Park land. Read on to learn more.
State Park Event Considerations
What will be provided? When you host events at more traditional venues the venue will often offer inclusive or for rent furniture, linens, decorations, and other event accessories. The offerings at a State Park may be limited. This means that you may have to rent things like tables and chairs from somewhere else. When planning your event, you need to budget for additional rentals and delivery of such items. [...]
Are you someone who can’t spend enough time in the many beautiful State Parks in Washington? Consider being paid to help take care of your favorite places this summer! The state parks are now in the process of hiring park aides and senior park aides for summer 2022.
The many benefits of being a park aide
Each summer, State Parks employs 350 park aides and up to 40 senior park aides to work the busy season, which runs from April through September. Park aides register campers, maintain trails, clean campgrounds and comfort stations and perform a variety of custodial maintenance chores. They also may work in park offices, interact with visitors and help with interpretive and educational programs.
Senior park aides are designated as lead workers and lead other park aides.
Why are we talking about summer destinations while snow still lingers on the ground? Because now is the time to plan! The West Coast is one of the most beautiful places to travel by RV come summer, which means reservations at the ideal campsites will fill up fast. There is truly no better way to see all that the West Coast has to offer than by RV. When you travel by RV, you never have to worry about where you’ll lay your head each night. After all, even if it’s just a roadside turnout, you know exactly where your bed is!
The scenic west coast is best seen at a leisurely pace with lots of opportunities to stop and explore. There are miles upon miles of [...]
If you’re looking to get your New Year off to the right start, choose to be active to start the year. Each year, many of the State Parks offer first day adventures for the public to take part in. Take a look at the options – how will you be active to start the year this year?
Hikes, bike rides, snowshoeing and more!
At least 42 state parks have scheduled staff-led hikes, self-guided hikes, dog strolls, cross-country ski trips and more for New Year’s Day.
State parks in every part of Washington will host free, family-friendly activities for you to join in. Jan. 1 marks the first free park day of 2022. Even better – visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to park on state recreation lands.
The pandemic has led to a rise in outdoor recreation, particularly camping and RV travel. Consequently, it can be harder than ever to reserve some of your favorite State Park campsites. With a little planning ahead, though, you can now be sure to get first in line for the most popular sites.
Campsite Availability Notifications
On the Washington State Park’s reservation website, you can now sign up for campsite availability notifications. This service was frequently requested by users and the Washington State Parks listened.
You can set up notifications on your account to be notified when a reservable site is available for specific dates. You can set up to five notifications, modify them and cancel them on your account. Notifications are available for campsites, cabins, marinas and day-use.
The 2021 Sno-Park Permits are now available for purchase. For the first time since 2009, there has been an increases in prices for this year’s permits.
Washington state Sno-Park users enjoy a high-level of service, including cleared parking lots, groomed ski, skate-ski and snowmobile trails, regularly sanitized bathrooms and avalanche beacon check stations in some backcountry areas. The new prices reflect the rising cost of these operations, as well as replacement of aging equipment, including grooming machines.
During the last 12 years, this self-funded program, has opened several new permanent Sno-Parks around the state and created temporary Sno-Parks to meet customer demand.
One of the positives to come out of the pandemic is an increased interest in the great outdoors. Outdoor gear and RV sales are booming, and many people are flocking to the state parks to camp for the first time. If you’re new to state park camping, read on for some helpful tips.
Reservations & Check-in
Reservations are an absolute must – hopefully you already got those secured! For popular destinations, you will want to make reservations as soon as they open. Check in procedures will vary by campground, but typically campsite check-in opens at 2:30pm and check-out is at 1pm. Early arrival is generally not encouraged. Staff and volunteers need time to clean and prepare your campsite. If you’re early, a discover pass will allow you to park in the [...]
Visit National Parks with your four-legged friends
Many of us love to bring our dogs along for our outdoor adventures. Many of the national parks allow your four-legged friends to travel with you. Not only that, but they encourage your dog to become a BARK ranger. BARK rangers are the best kind of visitors to national parks.
Becoming a BARK ranger
Becoming a BARK ranger is all about knowing how to behave in national parks. When bringing your dog along, always remember to BARK.
Bag your pets waste. Nobody following behind you wants to hike through your pets waste. Forget your bag? Most National Parks have them available to make sure they stay clean.
Always leash your pet. It doesn’t matter how well behaved your dog is, we all have our moments. For [...]
This summer you can add a little adventure to your State Park visit with a simple app. Adventure Lab is a free location-based digital treasure hunt for all ages. The app is designed similar to existing geocaching activities, and will guide you throughout 10 Washington state parks in Island county as you solve questions using physical features within the landscape. With this new kind of interactive experience, you can safely discover the world around you while touching only your mobile phone.
How do I participate?
All you need to do to participate is download the app onto your phone! Once in the app, you simply need to scroll down the lists of parks to find the one you’re visiting. Signing up is simple. [...]