Native Plant Interpretive Trail Now Complete

Come check out our new interpretive signs at Lake Samm! The signs, representing 12 native plants, have been installed along the Tibbetts Beach trail leading to the Rotunda.  The signs are sponsored by the Snoqualmie Tribe with original tribal artwork, graphics and text which provide insight into native plant identification, a reference to Lushootseed language and the traditional Native American use of various plants. This collaborative effort was made possible by contributions from the Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington State Parks, Mountain to Sound Greenway, Washington Native Plant Society and the Friends of Lake Sammamish State...

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Camp S’more Family Campout Sold Out!

If you want to join us at Camp S’more Family Camp Out on August 5-6, sign up today as space is limited. It’s a hot summer night and the best place to be is at the beach at Lake Sammamish State Park! For the first time, families will be able to pitch a tent and stay all night. Camp S’more is for first time campers or experienced pros who want a night out under the stars. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag, your tent (or RV) and bedding. A BBQ dinner and light breakfast will be served. The campout includes fun activities too! Prizes will be awarded in the tent decorating contest and sand castle building contest. Bring your smart phone for geocaching instruction. For only $18 take an evening kayak tour with Issaquah Paddle Sports. Cook Marshmallows, make s’mores over a campfire while singing camp songs and listening to stories. Early risers are invited to join in for a morning bird walk. Cost is $40 per tent or RV plus $15 per person. Registration and tent set up begins from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and tents must be taken down by 10 a.m. Sunday. Pre-registration is required. Please click here to reserve your tent or RV space.  ...

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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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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...

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GO Expo/Expand Your Playlist on June 10! A FREE event!

GO Expo/Expand Your Playlist on June 10! A FREE event!

Lake Sammamish State Park will be hosting this nationwide event along with State Parks and the State Parks Foundation. We promise a day full of entertainment, classes on outdoor adventures and more! June 10 is a State Parks Free Day – no Discover Pass is required! The public is invited to enjoy this free GO Expo event featuring a wide range of activities and classes from basic kayaking to how to prepare for hiking in wilderness or RV camping. Activities include outdoor gear giveaways, camp food tastings, geocaching adventures, trip-planning guidance and how to be an environmental champion for the outdoors. Visitors can fuel up by visiting the food trucks and beer garden while enjoying live music. The Outdoor Expo will also feature displays offered by natural resource agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations and local businesses that provide outdoor products and services. June 10 is a State Parks FREE day, no Discover Pass required. If you’d like to volunteer at the event please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4faeaf2ca6f94-go   Check out the website: http://expandyourplaylist.org...

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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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