Kingco Cross Country Championships
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Kingco Cross Country Championships

The Kingco Championship brings all 10 Kingco 4A schools together to complete for the league championship and determine which teams qualify for State.

There are separate JV and Varsity races. Varsity is comprised of the top 7 athletes from each team. There are both individual and team trophies awarded across both JV and Varsity events. JV Kingco Championship will be for the whole team except the 7 who races varsity at Kingco.

Race Schedule:
9:30 AM 5,000 Meters Frosh/Soph Sub Varsity - Boys
10:15 AM 5,000 Meters Frosh/Soph Sub Varsity - Girls
11:00 AM 5,000 Meters Junior/Senior Sub Varsity - Boys
11:45 AM 5,000 Meters Junior/Senior Sub Varsity - Girls
12:30 PM 5,000 Meters Sub Varsity Top 7 Runners - Boys
1:00 PM 5,000 Meters Sub Varsity Top 7 Runners - Girls

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Tree Planting Celebration with Mountains to Sound Greenway
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Planting Celebration with Mountains to Sound Greenway

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

Join more than 200 volunteers at the annual tree planting celebration at the park and plant a tree (or shrub) together! The celebration this year will include food, music, and plenty of tree planting fun for the whole family.

This year is extra-special. It marks the 200,000th tree planted in partnership with Carter Subaru. Their support has helped Mountains to Sound plant forests throughout the Greenway, and they can’t wait to continue– with your help, of course!

This event is part of 20 years of restoration along Issaquah Creek, supporting salmon habitat in this critical area. Celebrations will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and include planting activities, education stations (sign-up day of), coffee, light lunch, snacks, and more.

Planting events are great for individuals, families, groups, and work teams. With a goal of 1,000 native trees and shrubs to be planted, you will all be able to plant a tree and leave a bit muddier! No experience necessary, and all training provided. 

Register here to join us at this year’s event, and please reach out to volunteer@mtsgreenway.org if you have any additional questions.

Project Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

Age Restriction

Participants under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

What to Bring

For safety, volunteers are required to wear:

  • Long pants (we’ll be working with tools, so no shorts!)

  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes (absolutely no sandals)

  • Gloves (provided)

In addition, we recommend that participants bring:

  • Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring

  • Rain gear

  • Big sack lunch

  • At least one full water bottle

  • Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc…

Driving Directions

Please read the parking instructions carefully. We will meet at the the Costco Fields Parking lot, located here: https://goo.gl/maps/b55LTnu3dCFmaikN7 Overflow parking will be available at the ISC Gunners Soccer Fields lot, here: https://goo.gl/maps/uSSgAxq8BrWEt7RA9 At either lot, please look for Greenway event staff and signs to direct you to the event site. From I-90 East, use the right two lanes to take exit 15 for WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn left onto 17th Ave NW. Continue on 17th Ave NW, and then continue straight on NW Sammamish Road. Then make a U-turn at 10 Ave Northwest to access the parking lot. The parking lot will be on your right in about 50 feet. Look for Greenway event signs and leaders!

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Lake Sammamish Perch-a Thon is Fun and Good for the Lake
Nov
9
8:00 AM08:00

Lake Sammamish Perch-a Thon is Fun and Good for the Lake

Register today for Trout Unlimited’s Perch-A-Thon and help remove invasive yellow perch from Lake Sammamish. Perch eat baby salmon, are fun to catch and delicious to eat so come fishing and help us remove them from the lake.

After you register,  get your family and friends to pledge a cash amount for each perch you catch.  Have them make their pledges on the site and then come out to the boat launch on November 9th for the fishing derby.

There will be prizes for participants in the following categories: heaviest perch, most perch caught, most unique pledges, and most money raised.  Furthermore, all net proceeds from the event will be donated to Project Healing Waters, an organization who takes our local disabled veterans fishing every year.  

It’s a win-win for everyone! Fish, help out our native salmon, support veterans, and win prizes!

Please register at https://go.rallyup.com/bituperchathon 

Early Registration ($30) ends October 15, Late Registration ($40) ends November 8.

 

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Salmon, Science & Suds
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Salmon, Science & Suds

Jon us at the Rogue Alehouse in Issaquah for our November Salmon, Science & Suds. We will view the Patagonia Film "Artifishal" and afterwards have a panel discussion.

According to Patagonia, "Artifishal is a film about wild rivers and wild fish. It explores the high cost – ecological, financial and cultural – of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries and farms, and the extraordinary amount of American taxpayer dollars wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers, and contributes to the problem it claims to solve. Artifishal also dives beneath the surface of the open-water fish farm controversy, as citizens work to stop the damage done to public waters and our remaining wild salmon."

Panelists will include Dave Kyle, local Trout Unlimited Kokanee Project Manager, Dr. Jason Neuswanger, biologist and creator of Troutnut.com, and Jeanette Dorner, Director of Mid Sound Fisheries. The evening will also include raffles, good food, beer and fun!

The event starts at 6:30pm with 30 minutes for networking; The film will be shown at 7:00pm.

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed to the entire community. The evening will also include a raffle, great food and beer and good company.

Please register on Eventbrite   or by email to director@flssp.org. Last minute drop-ins welcome. Rogue Ales Brewhouse is located at 35 W Sunset Way in Issaquah.

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Whale Scout, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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Run With the Kokanee Supports Salmon Recovery
Oct
12
8:30 AM08:30

Run With the Kokanee Supports Salmon Recovery

Support the Kokanee Salmon recovery work of the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited by running through the fall colors of Lake Sammamish State Park.

The course is a 5k loop, starting out on paved park paths (67%) and then finishing on wide, grassy trails (33%).  The route is basically flat, with no hills. 5k participants will do this loop once, and 10k participants do it twice.

All runners receive a free tech t-shirt featuring custom salmon artwork by Shaun Peterson. Aid stations offer water, electrolyte drink, and carbohydrate-rich or salty foods, such as cookies, energy bar, gels, chews, chips, bagels, fruity candy, fig bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and/or bananas.

Kokanee salmon are unique to Lake Sammamish and are in danger of becoming extinct. Some of Trout Unlimited’s work includes protecting the Kokanee’s access to spawning areas, educating fisherman to properly identify Kokanee, educating residents about environmentally-friendly lawn care, and more.

For more information and to register, for the fun run, go to http://nwtrailruns.com/events/run-with-the-kokanee/.

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Kokanee Fry Release
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Kokanee Fry Release

Please join the Kokanee Work Group, elected officials, the Snoqualmie Tribe and caring citizens on October 9 at the LSSP boat launch where we will be releasing about 100 of the “extended rearing” kokanee fry that were raised in the Issaquah Hatchery or in a private pond in Sammamish. There will be solemn and ceremonial moments to acknowledge the challenge we are tackling and to mark our deeply held commitment to this work. 

There will be brief speeches about kokanee recovery from Washington State Parks, county, city and Tribal officials. Snoqualmie Tribe members will then load their canoe with kokanee fry and paddle them out into the lake for release. The kokanee will be released far from the shore of the lake and during sunset to reduce the amount of predation by other fish. 

These kokanee fry are part of a strategy to restore the native kokanee population to healthy levels after decades of decline.

The first fry release in Lake Sammamish was in spring 2010, with ceremonial releases each spring through 2016.  There were no fry available for release the last two years. The release returns this year thanks to county biologists and the cooperation of the state fish hatchery. The release is held in October or in the spring while the lake is cooler and better-oxygenated.

 

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Salmon Days Celebrates Return of the Salmon
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Salmon Days Celebrates Return of the Salmon

Fall is here, and salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget
Sound. Celebrate the miracle of the annual return of the Chinook and Coho
salmon to Issaquah Creek at the Salmon Days Festival.

The Pacific Northwest’s premier festival, Issaquah Salmon Days takes
place every year the first weekend in October, offering great food, live
entertainment on multiple stages, arts and crafts, a Grande Parade on
Saturday morning, a carnival and much more. Be sure to seek out the
traditional Salmon BBQ across from the hatchery, prepared by Kiwanis
Club of Issaquah.

Celebrate the return of the salmon this weekend with non-stop activities!

 

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FLSSP Annual Celebration Includes You
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

FLSSP Annual Celebration Includes You

Join Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park at the rotunda in the park at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 to learn about all of the exciting initiatives FLSSP has planned for 2020.

Most importantly, this will be the first opportunity to learn about the proposed trail plan within the park. Board members Bill Way and Kit Ledbetter have led a team of volunteers in analyzing current trails and creating a future plan that will connect wetlands, picnic areas, city trails and more. The draft plan will be presented to state park planners for inclusion in the revised master plan, expected to be completed in 2020.

At the celebration, FLSSP will also recognize several of its outstanding volunteers who help to secure funding to improve the park, promote the park locally and regionally, plan events at the park, and lead watershed restoration efforts. 

FLSSP will provide beverages and appetizers. Attendees are welcome to bring a potluck dish, salad or dessert to share. 

For more information, contact Jennifer at director@flssp.org

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Salmon, Science & Suds
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Salmon, Science & Suds

Have you seen carnivores in and around your neighborhood? Do you wonder how to successfully coexist with carnivores?

Join us at Salmon, Science & Suds at the Rogue Alehouse in Issaquah to hear Kodi Jo Jaspers, the Community Conservation Liaison from Woodland Park Zoo's Coexisting with Carnivores (CWC) project. Kodi will discuss urban carnivores (such as coyotes, bears and raccoons) and coexistence. The CWC project is working with volunteers throughout the Issaquah area to deploy remote cameras and develop active solutions for coexistence with carnivores. On September 18th come learn more about the project, carnivore ecology, safety tips and a new online tool created by the project, where you can upload your own carnivore observations.

Register on Eventbrite or email director@flssp.org.

Kodi Jo started with Woodland Park Zoo in May 2019. She has also worked as a wildlife biologist in Eastern Washington for almost 6 years. In her role as a biologist she directly supported projects with many different species such as golden eagles, bighorn sheep, gray wolves and pronghorn. In her new role at the zoo she is bringing together her hands-on experience with carnivores and her Master's degree work in conservation education to grow and support carnivore coexistence projects in the greater Seattle area.

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed.

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Whale Scout, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.



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Experience Ragnar Seattle Sunset
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Experience Ragnar Seattle Sunset

Get ready to experience Ragnar like never before with the new Ragnar Seattle Sunset. We’re talking a brand new race and a whole new Ragnar format. What makes Sunset different? A smaller, 4-person team, less mileage, just one day of running and a whole lot of festival fun.

The adventure starts at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday afternoon. Teams of 4 will try to outrun the sun on a 3.95-ish mile loop, relay-style, two times each. Together you will run 31-ish miles-more than a whole marathon! Your goal? Finish before the sun sets. 

This course has a mix of packed gravel trail and paved path, making it perfect for runners of all experience levels. So team up with anyone from your running fanatic best friend to your grandma.  

When you’re not running, hang out with your friends and lots of friendly strangers at the festival at Ragnar Village. Make sure you stop by the beer garden sponsored by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park! The venue opens at 12:00pm. There will also be live music, food, games and other amazing features.

 For more information, visit https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/sunset/seattle#overview

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PaddleFlow Class
Aug
25
to Sep 8

PaddleFlow Class

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is pleased to partner with the Paddling Yogini to bring PaddleFlow to the park!

What is PaddleFlow®? A combination of Yoga, pilates and stand up paddle boarding! This class takes your favorite poses and exercises and puts them on the water. Yoga, pilates & paddle boarding are great for building balance, coordination, endurance and core strength.

Class will begin on shore to go over the basic fundamentals of SUP; water safety, board anatomy, proper stroke technique, launching and progressions to standing up. The class will then safely launch onto the water to do a short warm-up paddle, anchor the boards & start to flow!

Instructor Lindsay Lambert will offer two sessions, August 25 and Sept 8 at 9am.

*This is an all level class for ages 12 & up. No SUP or yoga experience required, but participants should feel comfortable in open water (be able to tread water).

The cost is $30 a time with your own gear, $40 if you need to rent ours.

Register at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=478588&stype=-102&sView=day&sLoc=0

or on Eventbrite.com.

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Stand Up For The Cure
Aug
24
8:00 AM08:00

Stand Up For The Cure

Join us at Lake Sammamish State Park, WA and Standup to make an impact in your community!

All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Puget Sound.

This festival-style event includes instructor-led demos and clinics, live music, happy hour, and lunch. Paddlers of all levels and all ages are welcome. Participants that are new to paddling can learn alongside other beginners or attend the event as a "dry-foot" participant. 

REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE

  • Free SUP Jersey

  • Lunch

  • Happy Hour

  • Live Music

  • Free Health Screenings

  • Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing Raffle with amazing Prizes

  • Free Lessons with World SUP Champions

  • Entry to Fun Races for all the Family

For more information, visit https://www.suftc.org/standup-seattle/

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Indian Independence Day Celebration
Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

Indian Independence Day Celebration

The Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program invites the public to celebrate Indian Independence Day at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Presented by The Dancing Silhouette, the celebration will take place at the Sunset Beach playground area of Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road,

India gained independence from British rule on Aug 15, 1947. Indian communities around the world commemorate the holiday through celebrations of Indian culture, including historical pageants.

Event activities include:

  • Hoisting the Indian flag.

  • Singing the Indian national anthem.

  • A children’s parade reflecting India’s cultural diversity with traditional wear.

  • Reenactments of some of the events that led up to independence through music, dance and storytelling.

The event is free and family friendly and open to the public.. Public transportation is available to Lake Sammamish State Park via King County’s Metro Transit System. A Discover Pass is required for personal vehicle access.

This event is accessible to people with disabilities. If special accommodations are required to attend, people should make advance arrangements by calling (360) 902-8635, (425) 649-4275 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388.

About Dancing Silhouette
The Dancing Silhouette was founded in 2017 by Chitralekha Majhi to bring awareness to social causes through the arts and dance. Majhi, trained in Indian folk and classical dance, and a team of dancers, costume and props designers, choreographers and sponsors volunteer their time to bring the Indian Independence Day Celebration to Lake Sammamish State Park. For more information, contact dancingsilhouette4@gmail.com or on social media:

  • Instagram: @the_dancing_silhouette

  • Facebook and YouTube: @DancingSilhouette

About the Folk and Traditional Arts Program
Indian Independence Celebration is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts Program, with funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as support from the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts, or contact Makaela Kroin, program coordinator, at Makaela.Kroin@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8635.

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Kids' Obstacle Challenge
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Kids' Obstacle Challenge

Kids Obstacle Challenge is the best family friendly obstacle course for kids ages 5-16. The challenge is designed to build brave and perseverant kids through obstacle and adventure. Kids need to be challenged to discover the power and resilience that lies within them.

At Kids Obstacle Challenge, parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the fun. Two parents/legal guardians run for FREE with their children! Show your kids the importance of an active lifestyle and have a blast spending quality time as a family. 

Kids Obstacle Challenge offers a fun and challenging 1.5-2 mile course customized to Lake Sammamish State Park. The course includes 15+ obstacles that range in difficulty. Families will enjoy traversing rock walls, army crawling through mud pits, rope swinging over water, scaling up rugged cargo nets and more!

Get dirty. Have fun. Be a family. Brave your adventure together!

For more information and to register, visit https://www.kidsobstaclechallenge.com/seattle

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Camp S'more Family Camp - SOLD OUT
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Camp S'more Family Camp - SOLD OUT

August 3-4 (overnight event) ----3pm Saturday to 10:00am Sunday

Camp S’more is back for a third year and families will again be able to pitch a tent and stay all night! Tent sites are going quickly, so get your tickets today to join in the fun.

Camp S’more is for first-time campers or those with experience who just want a simple night under the stars. Just bring a tent and bedding. Dinner and a yogurt/granola bar breakfast will be provided.

A lot of fun activities are included! Prizes will be awarded in the tent decorating contest. Learn about camping principles such as “pack in, pack out”. For a moderate fee, take an evening kayak tour with Issaquah Paddlesports. Listen to live entertainment. Cook marshmallows for s’mores over the beach campfire and join in our sing a long. Early risers are invited to join in for early morning yoga.

To register, visit Eventbrite.


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The Great Inflatable Race
Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

The Great Inflatable Race

The Great Inflatable Race is the first and original all inflatable obstacle fun run that uses giant inflatables spread throughout the running course.  You'll start the race climbing the inflatables and then race your friends and family to the next inflatable obstacle. This bouncy course contains between 8-10 massive inflatables that will bounce, bump and slide you all over the place! You'll finish the race with a perfect photo op on our final inflatable, and after a nice refreshing drink, you can check out the awesome Inflatable Village.  Check out our Inflatable Village page to see what the after party is all about!

The inflatables are one of a kind, and your whole family will enjoy this amazing run. Bring your kids and feel like a kid again yourself. Join us at the park for The Great Inflatable Race!

For more information and to register, visit https://thegreatinflatablerace.com/Seattle

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July Salmon, Science & Suds
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

July Salmon, Science & Suds

You won’t want to miss Salmon, Science & Suds this month as University of Washington Professor and author David Montgomery will speak. Montgomery has written several books including King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon, Dirt, and Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.

We will also be offering beer from Flycaster Brewery and hot dogs. Both will be available for a donation. We will also be raffling off signed copies of Professor Montgomery’s books. All proceeds to benefit Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed.

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Whale Scout, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Please RSVP on eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-salmon-science-suds-tickets-65190229732

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Sports Medicine Combine
Jul
13
8:00 AM08:00

Sports Medicine Combine



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SPORTS MEDICINE COMBINE

Ever wonder whether to use ice or heat on your aching muscles?  How about that knee that’s been bugging you during your basketball game? What exactly are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? What do you do if you are injured while out hiking?    

Please join the City of Issaquah on July 13th for the first Issaquah Sports Medicine Combine at Lake Sammamish State Park. Sports Medicine professionals will gather from across the region to host classes and activities, free to the public.  Represented will be medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, nurses, trainers, exercise specialists and other sports professionals. Classes will be on-going and offered throughout the day! Learn more at Issaquah Sports Medicine Combine and to stay up-to-date on updates for the event, follow along on Facebook.

Reminder: admission to Lake Sammamish State Park requires an annual state parks Discover Pass or $10 daily pass.


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Eastside Triathalon
Jul
6
6:00 AM06:00

Eastside Triathalon

Sign up now for the popular Elton Home Team Eastside Triathlon right here at Lake Sammamish State Park- one of the original triathlon venues in the Pacific Northwest.  Race day includes a Sprint, Super Sprint, and Kids Triathlons.

As with all RTB events, Athletes can expect the same  energy-filled finish line experience, big breakfast, shirts, medals, and giveaways including a brand new Road Bike .

For more information or to register visit http://www.eastsidetri.com/.

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Sunset Kayak Tour
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Sunset Kayak Tour

Join Seattle Adventure Sports and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park for a sunset paddling adventure. We’ll meet at the east end of Sunset Beach near Issaquah Creek.

Get out on the water to explore our beautiful backyard. We’ll set a comfortable paddling pace to allow us all to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We’ll look for heron, bald eagles and wildlife along the shoreline. We’ll go paddling (rain or shine) and have an amazing experience no matter what the weather!

Come get acquainted with Lake Sammamish State Park from a different angle. Your guides are expert paddlers, knowledgeable wildlife viewers, and will show you an amazing time.

$45 per person includes kayak, paddles and lifejackets. Register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot as space is limited to 10 paddlers.


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AVP: Seattle Open
Jun
21
to Jun 23

AVP: Seattle Open

The 2019 AVP Seattle Open marks the fourth stop on the tour, bringing a conclusion to the first half of the season. As long as the AVP pros aren’t distracted by the breathtaking scenery, this tournament is set to bring fierce competition from first serve to last. With four different teams, on both the men and women’s side, taking home the past four titles, this could be anyone’s tournament to win! As bald eagles soar in the background, players will be competing to take home the Space Needle AVP trophy—the ultimate beach volleyball prize in the Pacific Northwest.

Between the serene setting and action-packed matches, you will not want to miss one of beach volleyball’s most unique events in the world: the AVP Seattle Open.

General admission is free, but for an elevated experience at the Seattle Open, purchase your VIP tickets here.

Read more at https://avp.com/event/seattle-open/#WRvTblmXP16BO52D.99

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Sunset Kayak Tour
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Sunset Kayak Tour

Join Seattle Adventure Sports and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park for a sunset paddling adventure. We’ll meet at the east end of Sunset Beach near Issaquah Creek.

Get out on the water to explore our beautiful backyard. We’ll set a comfortable paddling pace to allow us all to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We’ll look for heron, bald eagles and wildlife along the shoreline. We’ll go paddling (rain or shine) and have an amazing experience no matter what the weather!

Come get acquainted with Lake Sammamish State Park from a different angle. Your guides are expert paddlers, knowledgeable wildlife viewers, and will show you an amazing time.

$45 per person includes kayak, paddles and lifejackets. Register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot as space is limited to 10 paddlers.

To register, visit Eventbrite.

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Sunset Yoga
Jun
4
to Jun 25

Sunset Yoga

Please note that this class has been moved to Tuesday is June in hopes of warmer, drier weather.

What could be more beautiful than the sun setting over Lake Sammamish? You are invited to find your peace of mind during a beachside yoga class any Tuesday evening in May.

Vinyasa Power Flow Yoga is offered by Verde Organic Body and taught by Nicole Keicher. The 4-week class sequence will start with a focus on strength, flexibility and cardio, while incorporating the balance of restoration, deep stretching, breath work, and mindfulness. 

The class will be held 6-7p.m. Meet in front of the bathhouse at Sunset Beach. Class will be held under cover in case of rain. Come as you are! Cost is $12 per session.

Please bring the following if you have one:

·         Yoga mat

·         Water bottle

What to wear:

·         Comfortable, breathable, and fitted clothing

Nicole has been a Yoga practitioner since fall 2011 in search for something to balance other styles of vigorous workouts. Over the years, she began to see the benefits of the practice first hand and developed a passion to teach and share the benefits of yoga. The foundation of her practice combines the physical with an inner emotional and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness, she promotes an understanding of the inter-dependency of these traitsin personal health and well-being.

When: Tuesday May 7, 14, 21, & 28th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Space is limited! Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-yoga-tickets-60165235840

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Nature Photography Offered By Tim Boyer
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Nature Photography Offered By Tim Boyer

Learn how to photograph flowers, landscapes, water, and birds in two 2-hour class sessions and a Saturday 3-hour photography walk at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Whether you have a DSLR, a bridge camera or you use your smart-phone, there are certain fundamentals of nature photography that are important no matter the equipment. This class is all about how to improve or begin nature photography, utilizing the camera you have. 

Award-winning nature photographer Tim Boyer will discuss the elements necessary to make a beautiful image. The quality of light you choose, how to get a sharp image, how to get a great point of view, how to manage the background, what to watch for at the edges of the frame, how to get a great composition, and how to get a good exposure are all covered in his presentation.

Boyer’s images have been published in many bird and nature magazines. He is a full-time photographer and a graduate of Seattle Audubon’s Master Birder Program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography and birds through workshops and presentations. In October of 2017 he started a YouTube channel where he posts bird photography tutorials every week and in March 2018 he published Learn the Art of Bird Photography, The Complete Field Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Photographers and Birders


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Environmental Stewardship & Volunteer Appreciation Day
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Environmental Stewardship & Volunteer Appreciation Day

Bring your gloves and work gear, help us weed, mulch and plant, then party with your co-workers on May 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

To celebrate park volunteers, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and Washington State Parks are hosting a volunteer day of environmental stewardship followed by a picnic celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

Morning activities will include habitat restoration including weeding and invasive species removal. Then volunteers will be treated to educational tours, games, lunch and more!

Everyone is welcome and all training will be provided. Participants under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers help ensure that Lake Sammamish State Park will continue to provide important habitat for several species of salmon, many birds — including bald eagles, great blue herons, and red-tailed hawks — and a wide variety of amphibians, insects and other wildlife.

Please pre-register and sign the waiver online at https://mtsgreenway.org/event/lake-sammamish-state-park-celebration-with-flssp/

Volunteers with 24 hours of service can earn a free Discover Pass for all volunteer events in Lake Sammamish State Park.  

For safety, volunteers are required to wear: Long pants made of sturdy material, sturdy, close-toed shoes and gloves (provided)

In addition, we recommend that participants bring: Layers, rain gear, long sleeved shirt, at least one full water bottle, small daypack for snacks, extra layers, etc.

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Catch a Perch, Save a Kokanee at the Second Annual Perch Derby
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Catch a Perch, Save a Kokanee at the Second Annual Perch Derby

Register for the Second Annual Lake Sammamish Perch Derby and do something fun and great for the lake! The derby coincides roughly with the migration of Lake Sammamish Kokanee from the streams into the lake.  These little fish have to survive the gauntlet of predators like perch to survive and become future spawners.

Trout Unlimited’s Lake Sammamish Perch Derby is a fishing tournament for everyone! There are divisions for both children and adults and prizes will be awarded for the longest perch, heaviest perch, the heaviest 25 perch. A bonus prize for the largest pikeminnow will also be awarded.

The action starts at 8 AM with the final weigh in at 1 PM. Derby headquarters will be at the Lake Sammamish Boat Launch in Lake Sammamish State Park. Please note that a Discover Pass or a daily parking/launch fee will be required to enter the park.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trout-unlimiteds-2nd-annual-lake-sammamish-perch-derby-tickets-60359602195. A t shirt is included in the registration fee.

All proceeds from the derby will support the Lake Sammamish kokanee recovery work being done by the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership (UWRP) and the Kokanee Work Group (KWG).

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May Salmon, Science & Suds Features Elwha River Update
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

May Salmon, Science & Suds Features Elwha River Update

The May Salmon, Science & Suds will feature speaker John McMillan, Trout Unlimited’ s Steelhead Biologist who will give an update on the recovery of the Elwah River. The Elwha River, located just west of Port Angeles, WA, historically supported large salmon and steelhead runs until it was dammed in 1913.  The river was recently “un-dammed” with the largest dam removal project in history and stream and native fish populations are responding. The event starts at 6:30pm with 30 minutes for networking; John McMillan will speak at 7:00pm.

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed to the entire community. The evening will also include a raffle, great food and beer and good company.

 Please register on Eventbrite   or by email to director@flssp.org. Last minute drop-ins welcome. Rogue Ales Brewhouse is located at 35 W Sunset Way in Issaquah.

 

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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NW Paddling Festival
May
10
to May 11

NW Paddling Festival

Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear, the Northwest Paddling  Festival is a can’t-miss event for any paddling enthusiast. The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival brings paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location!

Best of all, you can shop, compare and browse the best in paddle sports brands side-by-side, enjoy a tour down Issaquah Creek, learn a new skill at a seminar, and more! Try out the equipment of your choice for an on-water fee. Attendance to the festival is free.

Don’t miss the spectator-friendly race from the shores of Lake Sammamish State Park. It features a 6-mile course of kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and outriggers in a three-lap race. There will also be a 2-mile course (one lap) for those interested in a shorter run or just new to racing. Both the 6-mile race and the 2-mile race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

For more information visit http://northwestpaddlingfestival.com






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Salmon, Science & Suds to Feature Beavers NW
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Salmon, Science & Suds to Feature Beavers NW

The third Salmon, Science & Suds will be held at the Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse on Wednesday, April 17, and will feature Elyssa Kerr, program manager at Beavers Northwest. Kerr will discuss beaver ecology and the important benefits beavers bring to habitat creation and climate change mitigation.

Beavers Northwest is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the many benefits that beavers provide through research, outreach and landowner assistance. More information about out services can be found at http://www.beaversnw.org/. Kerr spearheads the outreach, education, and landowner assistance programs. She derives equal joy from sharing fun facts about beavers with folks of all ages and throwing on her chest waders to climb into beaver ponds. 

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish and wildlife populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the watershed.

The evening will also include beer and food, and good company. The Issaquah Brewhouse is located at 35 W Sunset Way in Issaquah.

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Last minute drop-ins welcome. Register on EVENTBRITE at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salmon-science-suds-tickets-60063548691 or RSVP by email director@flssp.org

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Bird Walk for Children
Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Bird Walk for Children

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) in collaboration with Eastside Audubon, will offer two birding walks for children. Scheduled dates are April 13 & April 20. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APRIL 20 WALK IS FULL)

The first half hour will consist of instruction about birding etiquette, bird identification, using field guides, birding apps and binoculars. This is followed by 1+ hour walk in the park to see what birds are there concluding with a Q&A session.


Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners will be available if you don't. The trip is open to children ages 8+. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

The trip is free but limited to 10 people (5 children/5 adults) and pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Adut at director@flssp.org to register or with questions.

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