The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is now recruiting hundreds of seasonal park aides for summer 2020.
Each summer, State Parks employs 400 park aides and 45 senior park aides to work the busy season, which runs from April through September. People of all ages from diverse backgrounds work as park aides. They work in parks all over the state and in varying types of terrain and climate, depending on location. Park aides register campers, maintain trails, clean campgrounds and comfort stations and perform a variety of custodial maintenance chores. They also may staff park offices, interact with visitors and help with interpretive and educational programs.
“Seasonal park aide positions are perfect for high school or college students who need a good [...]
The steady sound of surf crashing on a rocky shore. Icy white waves thundering and curling into dramatic arcs against high black cliffs. Steely skies and curtains of rain sweeping across choppy waters.The drama and power of Washington’s waters in winter are nothing short of awe inspiring.
Storm watching is a popular pastime here when winter weather hits our coastal and Puget Sound waters from October to April. And state parks are home to ideal — and safe — vantage points for witnessing the raw drama, power and beauty the of Pacific Northwest storm season. Here’s the scoop on some dynamic destinations
Bay View State Park
Watch the rains wash over the San Juan Archipelago from this tiny gem of a park. Small [...]
While back to school may indicate the end of camping season for many, some of the best camping days are still ahead of us. As the dry summer heat tapers away you may forget that many burn bans are still in place in state parks. Before planning your camping getaway – and your menu! – make sure you check the burn bans for the state park your visiting.
If fires are allowed at your campsite, remember these five simple rules of campfire safety.
Look not just around, but up (make sure there are no low hanging branches!)
Safety proof your pit by clearing a 5 foot radius & circling it with rocks.
Perseid Meteor Shower overlooking Mount Rainier August 2nd
Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower from atop a mountain overlooking Mount Rainier! Hike up to Summit Lake at sunset, then watch the Meteor Shower light up the sky!
The Details: Hike 3 miles to the lake and summit the ridge to watch the show. Then descend in the dark at midnight (with headlamps and flashlights!).
Outdoor Family Movie Night August 3rd: Bridgeport State Park
Join park staff and volunteers as we dive into the life of the Columbia River Basin salmon. A staple for many centuries, the salmon has had profound effects on the richness of life in the entire Pacific Northwest.
WILD SKILLS Adventure: Crystal Mountain August 9th
Join us for a Wild Skills Adventure at Crystal Mountain Resort on Friday, August 9th! [...]
As you plan your tour of state parks in Washington this summer, don’t forget to check out many of the great interpretive centers. Explore the history of the region – from the ice age floods at Dry Falls to the largest amateur built telescopes in the country at Goldendale Observatory. What history will you explore this summer?
Retrace the steps of the Corp of Discovery at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park. Set on a cliff high above the Pacific Ocean, the center features interactive exhibits, a short film, a gift shop and a glassed-in observation deck with sweeping views of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
Learn about the Ice Age floods at the Dry Falls Visitor Center at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls [...]
Washington State Park’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program has a terrific lineup of free, fun, entertaining and often educational events happening at many state parks throughout August.
International Music Concert Series
Peace Arch Historical State Park in Blaine, on the U.S.-Canada border, is the perfect setting for these concerts! Each one-hour concert begins at 2 p.m. every Sunday in August. This summer’s lineup includes:
Aug. 5: Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil—showcasing the culture of Brazil with music, dance and martial arts.
Aug. 12: Gansango Music & Dance—a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians who perform traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa.
Aug. 19: Lharik Dhakpa and Tsering Dolker—traditional Tibetan music and dance featuring performers trained at the prestigious Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Aug. 26: Srivani Jade Ensemble—soulful North Indian music [...]
Get outside and enjoy the beauty of Washington State!
Did your New Year’s resolution call for getting outside more? Maybe getting more exercise? We have just the solution for your resolution! Get your legs moving and your heart pumping, for FREE! Take advantage of Washington State Parks’ 2018 State Park Free Days.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will again offer 12 free days next year, in which day-use visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.
The “free days” for 2018 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 (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass [...]
Winter is a spectacular time to break out the binoculars and check out the bird action at state parks in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Many state parks serve as a regular haven for migratory and year-round bird populations. Cold, clear days on the Olympic Peninsula draw all manner of fowl to fish, float and flit by the water. The dramatic dichotomy of forests butting against rocky shores creates a unique sanctuary for shorebirds and tree dwellers alike. So gather your camera, coat and hat, round up those binoculars and let’s shake a tail feather! BONUS: From February 16 through 19, you can put your birding skills to practical use during the Great Backyard Bird Count!
The total mileage of this journey is just shy of 150 miles and a 3.5-hour drive time. Get an early [...]
Looking for adventure this winter? Here are some safety guidelines, pass information, and tips for winter recreation in Washington State Parks.
Sno-Parks The Winter Recreation Program manages Sno-Parks (cleared parking areas) in close proximity to groomed and backcountry trails. Snowmobile Sno-Parks are open to both motorized and non-motorized winter recreation. Non-motorized Sno-Parks are only open to winter recreation sports such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play.
Pass & permit information Sno-Park permits are available online from Nov. 1 through April 30.
Visitors to Washington state parks and state recreation lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are required to display the Discover Pass on their vehicles.
5 key safety guidelines when riding in avalanche country:
Planning your first – or 101st – family camping adventure? You can find it all within a half day’s drive of Seattle or Tacoma: mountain views, wooded streams, shining lakes, ocean tides – even desert sands. Here are my recommendations for five excellent campsites that are less than four hours from Seattle by car (and sometimes ferry).
1. Sequim Bay State Park, Olympic Peninsula
A year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim rain shadow, Sequim Bay State Park sits just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has 49 tent spaces and 15 utility spaces, and there are two loops of forested, dry, camping sites, some very near the water. The calm bay and dry air make it popular with boaters. Other features include a tennis court, baseball field, horseshoe pits, beach combing, interpretive opportunities and the paved Olympic Discovery Trail. Ten minutes away, the city [...]