FREE Fun Family Summer Nature Activities

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Lake Sammamish State Park and naturalist Joy Kacorowski will be offering programs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from June 16th to September 2nd, with the exception of July 29th -30th. Programs are designed for all ages focusing on the natural and cultural resources found at Lake Sammamish State Park. Programs include guided walks, junior ranger programs, interactive activities and demonstrations. Program times vary depending on the day and are located at Sunset Beach Bathhouse.

 

Interpretive Programs (for all ages)

 

Discovering Lake Sammamish

 
Day/Time: Sunday, 10:00am
 
Location: Sunset Beach Bathhouse
Meet park staff at Sunset Beach Bathhouse to explore the trails of Lake Sammamish State Park. Learn about the park’s flora and fauna while you walk and discover the beauty of a unique urban park. Water and sturdy hiking shoes are highly recommended. Programs last 60 minutes and are designed for all ages.
Nature Nook
Day/Time: Wednesday-Sunday, varying times
Location: Sunset Beach Bathhouse
Drop by the nook at Sunset Beach to discover feathers, skulls, tracks and more! Participate in organized nature crafts and games. Recommended for all ages.

Junior Ranger Programs (all ages with an adult)

Wacky Wetlands
Day/Time: Friday, 1:30pm
Location: Sunset Beach Bathhouse
Join park staff at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and participate in a family focused junior ranger program to discover wacky wetland habitats in Lake Sammamish State Park. Find cool underwater creatures and learn why wetland habitats are important. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and expect to be outside for the duration of the program. Programs last 30-45 minutes and are recommended for children of all ages with adult(s).
Amazing Animals
Day/Time: Saturday, 1:30pm
Location: Sunset Beach Bathhouse
Join park staff at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and participate in a family focused junior ranger program to learn about some of the amazing animals found at Lake Sammamish State Park. Explore animal adaptations and discover the unique ways they survive. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and expect to be outside for the duration of the program. Programs last 30-45 minutes and are recommended for children of all ages with adult(s).
Junior Rangerin’ For All Ages
Day/Time: Sunday, 1:30pm
Location: Sunset Beach Bathhouse
Join park staff at Sunset Beach Bathhouse participate in a family focused junior ranger program to learn about the Washington State junior ranger motto “Play, Learn, Protect”. Discover how you can be a junior ranger in your own community. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and expect to be outside for the duration of the program. Programs last 30-45 minutes and are recommended for children of all ages with adult(s).

Mini Rangers (ages 2-5 with an adult)

Day/Time: Saturday, 10:30am
Location: Sunset Beach Bathhouse
Mini Rangers is an interactive program for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult(s). During each program children will explore interactive nature-based stations, listen to stories, and participate in educational activities and crafts while discovering the park. Mini Ranger programs last for about 60 minutes with a different focus each week. Refer to the schedule below for more details. Plan to meet park staff at Sunset Beach Bathhouse, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring snacks if needed.
July 1st = Colors in Nature
July 8th = Hug a Tree
July 15th = Wild Wetlands
July 22nd = Animal Investigators
August 5th = Creatures that Fly
August 19th = Animal Olympics
August 26th = I’m a Junior Ranger
A Discover Pass is required for park entrance though there is no additional cost for park programs.
All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.