2017 Northwest Paddling Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park

2017 Northwest Paddling Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park

  Join us for the 2017 Northwest Paddling Festival, May 12-13 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Friday, May 12: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival brings paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location! Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear, the Northwest Paddling   Festival is a can’t-miss event for any paddling enthusiast. Shop, compare and browse the best in paddle sports brands side-by-side, enjoy a guided kayak tour around the lake, learn a new skill at a seminar, and more! Attendance is free to the public. If you’d like to demo canoes, kayaks and SUPs at the event from the beach, there is a nominal $7 demo fee for the day. Remember your Discover Pass! Volunteer opportunities available:...

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

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

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as we partner with the 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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Free Beach Bag with new $50 Membership

Free Beach Bag with new $50 Membership

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invites you to become part of all the new things happening at the park. Join at the $50 level and receive a beautiful beach tote just in time for summer. We invite your participation in events, restoration, board service or sharing your great ideas! Reach out to director@flssp.org to plug in. Follow the “Join Us” link on the website.

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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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Habitat Restoration Event – March 11

Habitat Restoration Event – March 11

Matt Webster, AmeriCorps service member, is leading habitat restoration events this year to restore 1-1/3 acres of habitat right near the park entrance. Come be part of something that will support the health of the park’s habitat and wildlife. The March 11 event occurs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Gloves, tools and snacks are available. You might want to bring a sack lunch. Individuals sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BWzFrqEwbRpwzTx-dfBcN3__UR1zidX6vDrSjf7JXbM/viewform?edit_requested=true Groups sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1F52000_cqLBI2z55R3Dc1kY5UNTRj5IVA6DAyON6zVo/viewform?edit_requested=true Or contact matt.webster@parks.wa.gov to...

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