Free family nature walk season is coming. These walks will have a naturalist-led family walk, so that attendees can discover the plants and animals in these parks and how they adapt to the seasons. This event is not recommended for people with strollers, wheelchairs, or children under age 3.
The Family Nature Walks will take place on these dates and places:
April 13, 10-11am
Swan Creek Park – 2820 Pioneer Way E.
April 20, 10-11am
Wapato Park – 6500 S. Sheridan Ave.
May 4, 1-2 pm
Oak Tree Park – Cedar and S. 74th St. (playground)
May 11, 10-11am
Wapato Hills Park – 6231 S. Wapato St.
May 11, 1-2 pm
Titlow Park– Titlow Lodge, 8425th 6th Ave.
May 18, 1-2 pm
McKinley Park – 907 Upper Park St.
Pre-registration is required to attend these walks and can be done by visiting www.TacomaNatureCenter.org, calling 253 591-6439, or visiting the Tacoma Nature Center in person between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Saturday located at 1919 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, WA 98338. These walks take place regardless of weather, so please prepare accordingly.
According to Michele Cardinaux Wallace, Program Manager for the Tacoma Nature Center, this is the third year for doing these walks and within the last year the walks have been extended to other park locations. She commented on the walks, “These family nature walks are one of the best ways for people to get to know their local parks. The naturalist leading the walk points out some of the best features of each park as well as some of the characteristics of the plants and animals that might be seen there. We are lucky to have so many wonderful natural areas within the city. As families visit several different parks within Tacoma, they can get a really great picture of some of the things that are the same throughout our area as well as some of the unique features of each park.”
When asked the best thing about the walks, Michele replied, “There are very few regular activities that combine so many things that are good for families: getting exercise and fresh air, learning and having fun, and they are free!”
For more information about this event, please visit: www.TacomaNatureCenter.org or call: 253 591-6439. “Once you take a guided nature walk, you will be much more comfortable exploring the same park or other natural areas without a guide. You will be amazed at how much you can discover even when you are on your own!” Michele concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com