Salmon SEEson is NOW!

Salmon SEEson is NOW!

Salmon SEEson is well underway as salmon return to Issaquah Creek, passing right through the heart of Lake Sammamish State Park.   Lake Sammamish State Park has an excellent public viewing area for salmon and wildlife habitat.  The outlet from Issaquah Creek feeds into Lake Sammamish at a peninsula in the park.  A boardwalk built through wetlands along the creek gives access to the mouth of the creek.  Interpretive panels at the start of the boardwalk add to the educational experience.   The opportunity to see most species continues through November. The best viewing locations at Lake Sammamish State Park are from the bridge crossing Issaquah Creek, along the boardwalk through the wetlands and at the end of the boardwalk where the creek flows into Lake Sammamish.  Murky water after heavy rainfall can limit viewing. Flyers and educational brochures are posted at the Sunset Beach Bathhouse.   Issaquah Creek continues south to the Issaquah Fish Hatchery where salmon can be seen climbing the fish ladder and in the viewing windows. https://www.issaquahfish.org...

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Native Plant Interpretive Trail Now Complete

Native Plant Interpretive Trail Now Complete

Come check out our new interpretive signs! They represent 12 native plants and have been installed along the Tibbetts Beach trail and are sponsored by the Snoqualmie Tribe with original tribal artwork, graphics and text providing insight into native plant identification, a reference to Lushootseed language and the traditional Native American use of various...

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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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