2017 Free Days at the Park – no pass required

2017 Free Days at the Park – no pass required

Although the Discover Pass at $30/year for unlimited entry into ALL Washington State Parks for 12 months from purchase date is the best entertainment bargain in the state, sometimes it’s fun to have a free day for those who don’t know about our state park treasures! Lots of free days left in 2017 – make your plans now! April 15 and 22 June 3 and June 10 August 28 September 30 November 11 and 24...

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Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Nathan Pusceddu

Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Nathan Pusceddu

Projects to maintain and restore habitat at Lake Sammamish State Park are vital for preserving the ecological integrity of the greater Sammamish basin. These projects are labor-intensive and time consuming, and rely heavily on volunteer support for their success. Volunteers are the backbone of our restoration work here at the Park, and we greatly appreciate their continued efforts. Every now and then, we have standout volunteers that go “above and beyond” in their enthusiasm and effort, regarding habitat restoration. One such volunteer is Nathan Pusceddu. At 11 years old, Nathan is a resident of Issaquah, and attends 5th grade at Apollo Elementary. In his free time, Nathan enjoys playing video games, as well as playing with his cat. He also enjoys reading and practicing mixed martial arts, in which he has earned his senior white belt. Nathan has been a tireless and enthusiastic member of our volunteer team since November, 2016, and has attended all 4 AmeriCorps restoration events. He is always excited to work (no matter how mucky it might be). His favorite restoration activity has been live-staking, he says, “because it’s fun, and I get to come back in the future and see the growth, and say ‘I did that!’.” The work is never done for Nathan, as he can always find the energy to ask “what’s next?!,” and then go do it. It’s volunteers like Nathan that help keep our restoration projects going at Lake Sammamish State Park. Thank you, Nathan. And thank you to all of our volunteers! The work you do is spectacular, and leaves a lasting, positive impact on the natural community here at Lake Samm. Matt Webster WSC AmeriCorps Service Member U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Lake Sammamish State...

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Sunset Beach Is Now Open!

Sunset Beach Is Now Open!

Sunset Beach is open again!  Time to run barefoot on the new sand and stick your toes in the chilly water! Do you know what’s under the sand? Check out the new sandbox across the walkway from the new playground. Dig around near the boulders in the sandbox and see if you can find 9 bronze animals. Send us a photo or post it on our Facebook if you uncover one! Director@flssp.org.

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Trail Building & Tree Planting – April 15 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trail Building & Tree Planting – April 15 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, City of Issaquah, Washington State Parks and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to celebrate Arbor Day in Issaquah by building a trail and planting trees! This project will take place on both City of Issaquah and Washington State Parks land and the new trail will allow hikers and joggers to bypass the noisy sidewalk and intersections along NW Sammamish Road and instead enter Lake Sammamish State Park by following Issaquah Creek through one of the older forest restoration project sites in the City of Issaquah. Located behind the Alpine Animal Hospital, this new wood chip trail will only be about 1,000 feet long, but will be vital in connecting City of Issaquah’s Pickering Reach trail along Issaquah Creek to trails within the beautiful 500 acres of Lake Sammamish State Park. Volunteer activities will include spreading wood chips to build the trail, planting native trees and shrubs near the trail and removing blackberry to continue the restoration efforts along Issaquah Creek. Whether you’re into trail work or restoration, this event will have something for you! Sign up here:...

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