Parkadilly returns July 23 with headline entertainer Tim Noah

Parkadilly returns July 23 with headline entertainer Tim Noah

Emmy-winning children’s entertainer Tim Noah will head an all-star line-up of music and dance at this summer’s Parkadilly at Lake Sammamish kids' concert, fair & fun! Also on stage will be Ian Dobson and his Caribbean steel drums, teaching kids how to drum along with him. Hoopsmiles will give a dizzying performance of hula hoop wonders, then share hula hoops with the audience to let them test their own skills. And back by popular demand from 2016 are the Rhythms of India Bollywood dancers who will invite the crowd to move along with them. The children’s fair had nearly 2,000 attendees last summer. New activities will be added this year included a community build of an art sculpture created from recycled materials led by Materials Artist and Environmentalist Gabi Phillips. Parkadilly is a free event for the whole family (with daily park admission or Discover Pass). Plan a day in the park noon- 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Junior Ranger programs, a nature scavenger hunt, trampolines, kid-centric booths, children’s story times, costumed characters, concessions and more are all part of the fun. Don’t miss the raffle and a chance to win four passes to Disneyland! Thanks to title sponsor Virginia Mason Issaquah and presenting sponsor Bright Horizons. For more information, contact director@flssp.org...

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FLSSP seeks new board members

FLSSP seeks new board members

If you really like to make a difference, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is seeking qualified applicants to serve on its board of directors to help meet the mission of the organization: to support, enhance and promote Lake Sammamish State Park. Applicants should bring prior leadership skills to the board, along with a willingness to participate or lead a committee or project. Board members must be members of FLSSP and available for meetings on the second Thursday evening of each month. To learn more, contact director@flssp.com or...

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Make Geocaching More Exciting with Puzzle Caching

Make Geocaching More Exciting with Puzzle Caching

Did you know Lake Sammamish State Park has more geocaches than any other Washington State Park? Geocaching, the updated version of a treasure hunt, requires players to find an object by using GPS coordinates listed on Geocaching.com. You'll find several types of clues to get the right coordinates, including mystery or puzzle caches. A puzzle cache takes geocaching to a new challenge level! Puzzle caching involves solving a mystery that will help you find the correct coordinates for the cache. If you're new to geocaching, begin by solving puzzles with a one or two-star difficulty rating. Move on to the next level once you can quickly decipher these mysteries. A puzzle cache makes it harder for just anyone to find the prize. However, with a bit of intelligence and the aid of GPS tracking gadgets, then you’ll be able to breeze to the finish line before other players. Puzzle caches come in several guises. You might need to figure out a word or number puzzle, or it could be more complicated and ask you to determine the longitude and latitude through challenge caches. A challenge cache may require you to locate as many as 100 caches in a day! Check out these tips on the variety of puzzle caches you may encounter. The puzzle may just direct you to look in the field for clues in the immediate area (a "site puzzle"), or it may be a Cryptogram puzzle written in Morse Code, ASCII, Java, SQL or another programming language. A trivia puzzle contains numbers represented by dates, sports teams, actors or other kinds of trivia. Steganography involves a message, file or image concealed within another file or message. A morphing GIF may contain the latitude and longitude of the cache. You may need to use GIF Explode or a similar tool to reveal the layers in trickier messages. Brainstorm with your friends to find the solution if you’re having trouble solving a puzzle cache, or check or a caching blog for help. When you decide to set up a cache for others to find, follow these rules: Place caches on public property only, unless you have permission to put the object on private property. Arrange geocaches so that passers-by won't notice it. Players should be able to find it without damaging plants or terrain. Observe outdoor ethics by leaving the property the way you found it. Lake Sammamish State Park is a great place for beginning geocaching. Start or participate in a geocaching adventure today to enjoy the outdoors and use your SmartPhone at the same time. Contributed by Sally...

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GiveBIG donors benefit park improvements

GiveBIG donors benefit park improvements

For the first time, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) participated in the Seattle Foundation’s Give Big donor day last month. Eleven donations came to FLSSP during the campaign, and some were first-time donors. Donations to FLSSP are used for park improvements, primarily for trail improvements and signage. Thanks to the GiveBIG donors!   Donations can be made online, any time, at http://lakesammamishfriends.org/support/

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FREE Fun Family Summer Nature Activities

FREE Fun Family Summer Nature Activities

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)....

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