Travel & Outdoors

Best Seattle Area Nature Walks

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Free Sunday Weekend Walks
April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Dr. East
Seattle, WA 98112
http://www.depts.washington.edu

An experienced and knowledgeable guide will take you on a lovely walk around the Arboretum. Learn about basic botany, what’s in bloom and how nature varies from the human calendar. Available each Sunday in April.

Watershed Walk
Saturday, April 7
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Seattle Public Library – Delridge Branch
5423 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
206.652.2310
http://www.feetfirst.org

The Watershed Walks Program is designed to train Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors to educate residents about the natural ecology of the Longfellow Creek Watershed. Camp Long Naturalist Jeanie Murphy-Ouellette and Feet First Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Edmunds will lead this training on how to effectively engage walking groups, what environmental threats affect our watersheds, and how individuals can reduce their impact on local ecologies. Participants will leave the workshop as a designated Neighborhood Walking Ambassador.

Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn said, “The Watershed Walks Program provides an enjoyable opportunity for people to learn about the relationship between their actions and a clean environment. Those who become Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors through this program will have the ability to share with their neighbors the natural environment in a different, more intimate way.” Please call to register.

Wallingford Walks Sustainable Landscaping
April 7, 2012
10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet at Tully’s Coffee
2100 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.seattletilth.org

Join an expert from Seattle Tilth on a tour of Wallingford to discuss examples of sustainable landscaping. The topics will range from rain gardens, creative replacements for grass, rain collection, native plants, edible perennials, creative re-use of materials, and anything else that comes up along the way. The walk will start outside of Tully’s, at 10:00am, and will cover approximately three miles at a leisurely pace over approximately 2 hours.

Guided Nature Walk at Seward Park
Saturday April 7
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle, WA 98118
206.652.2444
http://www.sewardpark.audubon.org

Come on a Seward Park guided nature walk. Learn about everything from salmon to salamanders and mountain beavers to mahonias! Naturalists will help bring the park alive for you with walks to the eagles nest, through the old growth forest, and along the water’s edge. Help us discover how the plants and animals behave and live as the seasons pass. Regular Guided Nature Walks are FREE and open to the public, usually the first weekend of the month. Space is limited to the first 25 participants, so register early! Click HERE to register.

Tiptoe through the Tidepools
Sunday, May 6
10:30am – 11:30am
1919 S. Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253.591.6439
http://www.TacomaNatureCenter.org

Bring your family for this FREE exploration of the beach, learn about tidepool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year! Titlow Beach is located at the west end of 6th Avenue in Tacoma.

Nature Walk at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Saturdays
2:00pm
1625 118th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
425.452.6885
http://www.myparksandrecreation.com

The visitor center, open daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm, has interpretive displays depicting the nature park’s history and wildlife and plants often seen within the park. There is also an interactive library for all ages, including children’s books and adult field guides. Nature walks are free and available for the whole family.

Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours
Saturdays and Sundays
April – October
2:00pm
12001 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
425.452.2750
http://www.bellevuebotanical.org

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society recruits and trains volunteer docents to guide scheduled tours of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. There is no charge for tours.
The weekend tours begin at the Visitor Center at 2:00pm.

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