Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is in its 36th year and the park is celebrating its birthday the weekend of July 16 and 17. Come and celebrate with the animals.  Bring the family for a guaranteed “wild” time!   As part of the celebration, visitors will have the chance to see animals devour birthday treats at designated times and take part in time-honored birthday-themed activities with a Northwest Trek twist in the Cheney Family Discovery Center.

Back in 1971, Dr. David and Connie Hellyer donated more than 500 acres of forested land to Metro Parks Tacoma. The couple aimed to create a park that would display North American wildlife in natural environments to people of all ages.  After four years of  planning and  fundraising, Metro Parks Tacoma opened Northwest Trek to the public on July 17, 1975. More than four million visitors from around the world have visited the park to view such idyllic sights as caribou galloping through meadows, bull elk clashing during their annual rut and bison calves nursing from their mothers.

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