What we're about

Greetings hikers and nature lovers! We would like to encourage naturalists and those with an interest in the natural world to go on walks, hikes, fun runs, conservation fundraisers and educational forays with us around Puget Sound, in the North Cascades and Central Washington Canyonlands, and the Olympic Peninsula. We encourage you to become an organizer and post events!

When you are out for a hike, are you curious to learn more about the animals, plants, trees, insects and birds? Would you like to learn more about the ones which have practical uses for food, shelter, fire, medicine, crafts, tools or survival? Do you know which ones can be hazards? Do you know who made that track? Can you tell what the birds are communicating through their vocalizaitons? Maybe you want to know more about how the land was formed, or its history. This is the place to share what you know and hopefully learn from others as well.

Northwest Nature Hikes may have specific goals like birding, marine animals or geocaching. We may want to seek wildflowers in the spring, berries in the summer, or do some snow tracking in the winter, but most will be more open to simply looking and seeing what we can discover along the way. The important thing is that the destination is not the goal. Our goal is to take time to explore, share and learn more about nature and our connection with it.

What to bring: Cell phone and the 10 essentials. See http://www.mountaineers.org/images/tenessen... (http://www.mountaineers.org/images/tenessentials_web.pdf)

Optional items: binoculars, notebook, field guides, magnifying lenses, camera

DISCLAIMER: The leaders function as nature facilitators only. By signing up for any event on this site you represent that you have read, understand and agree to the terms of this disclaimer. You accept that hiking, on and off-trail, is a potentially dangerous activity that can result in injury or death and that weather and trail conditions can change. You agree to come prepared and by this you acknowledge that you join us on this hike at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety and agree to hold harmless all organizers and leaders in the event of injury or loss.

Upcoming events (4+)

Accessible NW Natural History Hike - Point Defiance Gardens, Ponds & Beaches

Please note we switched the location for our June & July hikes! June 4th we'll be at Point Defiance (fishing primer only) and July 2nd we'll be at Les Davis Pier (focus on fishing).

This month we'll start out by the Point Defiance Rose Garden & Duck Pond, do some birding on Dune Peninsula which is considered the best spot in the state for rare birds, head toward the Fishing Pier / Boat Rental building to see what the regulars are catching and talk about next month's event at Les Davis Pier, and finally head to the recently renovated accessible Owens Beach and beyond if time/energy allow.

Join volunteer naturalists and hike leaders from the Conservation College for monthly Accessible Northwest Natural History Hikes. Contributions requested of between $5-$25 per person to the Conservation Luminaries program when you arrive for the hike. Everyone is welcome! Get some fresh air, exercise, learn how to find birds by sight and sound, sample wild edible and medicinal plants safely, and more.

Hike leaders include:

• Matt Budzak, Outdoor Accessibility Consultant - https://mattbudzak.com/accessible-educational-events-online-and-outdoors/
• Jeffrey Hibbard, Nature Photographer - http://jeffreymbhibbard.com/landscapes-1
• Kim & Chris Chisholm, founders and operators of Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science - https://www.wolfcollege.com/custom-programs/northwest-nature-guided-hikes/
• Gabi Ashford, Board President of the Conservation College - https://conservationcollege.org/index.php/community-programs/volunteer-luminaries/

June 4, 2022 Point Defiance Flower Gardens, Duck Pond, Dune Peninsula, Owens Beach and the Fishing Pier, Tacoma WA (Saturday 3 PM)
July 2, 2022 Tacoma Waterfront & Les Davis Pier Fishing (Saturday 3 PM)
Aug 5, 2022 East Lake Sammamish Trail Prairie Plants & Wetland Waterfowl , Issaquah WA (Friday 6 PM)
Sept 3, 2022 Labor Day Weekend at Snoqualmie Pass – (Saturday 12 Noon)
Oct 8, 2022 Clark’s Creek Salmon, Heron Rookery & Riparian Plants, Puyallup WA (Saturday 12 Noon)
Nov 12, 2022 Veterans Park & Puyallup Riverwalk Trail (Saturday 12 Noon)
Dec 16, 2022 Puyallup Holiday Lights & Old Trolley Route (Friday 6 PM)
Jan 14, 2023 Puyallup MLK Weekend Fairgrounds & Downtown Stroll (Saturday 12 Noon)
Feb 18, 2023 President’s Weekend at Pierce College & Bradley Lake, Puyallup WA (Saturday 12 Noon)
Mar 18, 2023 Swan Creek Park Community Gardens & Food Forest, Tacoma WA (Saturday 12 Noon)
Apr 22, 2023 Earth Day Birding at the UW Montlake Fill, Seattle WA (Saturday 3 PM)
May 20, 2023 Mercer Slough Plants & Birds, Bellevue WA
June 10, 2023 Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia WA (Saturday 3 PM)
July 2, 2023 Mount St. Helens Johnston Observatory Trail (Saturday 12 Noon)
Aug 4, 2023 East Lake Sammamish Trail & State Park (Friday 6 PM)
Sept 2, 2023 Labor Day Weekend at Mt Rainier (Saturday 12 Noon)

Nature Healing Walk to Seaside Bluffs & Tide Pools

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Join original Wolf Camp instructor Nayaret Quezada-Salazar for weekly Nature Healing Walks in special places throughout the Puget Sound region. The purpose of the walks is to connect with nature and its medicinal properties, for healing of the body, mind, emotions, soul and spirit.

Everyone is welcome! We will practice Earthing Meditations (sitting, lying down and moving) to connect with our own selves, as well as the plants, animals and elemental protectors of nature. We'll also experience wild edible and medicinal plants, birds by sight and sound, animal tracks and more.

Contributions requested of between $5-$25 per person when you arrive for the hike to support Nayaret for her time and travel expenses. Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are sponsoring the hikes and will also be in attendance. The full June schedule includes:

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Deception Pass - Rosario Beach
Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Bob Hierman Wildlife Park, Snohomish
Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Clark's Creek Park Springs, Puyallup

Prepare for sun and rain, and walking by mud and sticker bushes. For help in deciding what to bring on walks in nature, consider a selection of the 10 essentials - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials

Nature Healing Walk to Riverside Raptor Nests & Animal Tracks

Needs a location

Join original Wolf Camp instructor Nayaret Quezada-Salazar for weekly Nature Healing Walks in special places throughout the Puget Sound region. The purpose of the walks is to connect with nature and its medicinal properties, for healing of the body, mind, emotions, soul and spirit.

Everyone is welcome! We will practice Earthing Meditations (sitting, lying down and moving) to connect with our own selves, as well as the plants, animals and elemental protectors of nature. We'll also experience wild edible and medicinal plants, birds by sight and sound, animal tracks and more.

Note: DOGS NOT legally allowed at this location due to sensitive habitat. If you're a log lover, join us for our walks at Lake Sammamish, or at Clark's Creek Park in Puyallup.

Contributions requested of between $5-$25 per person when you arrive for the hike to support Nayaret for her time and travel expenses. Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are sponsoring the hikes and will also be in attendance. The full June schedule includes:

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Deception Pass - Rosario Beach
Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Bob Hierman Wildlife Park, Snohomish
Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Clark's Creek Park Springs, Puyallup

Prepare for sun and rain, and walking by mud and sticker bushes. For help in deciding what to bring on walks in nature, consider a selection of the 10 essentials - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials

Nature Healing Walk to Owl Trees & Bear Dens

Needs a location

Join original Wolf Camp instructor Nayaret Quezada-Salazar for weekly Nature Healing Walks in special places throughout the Puget Sound region. The purpose of the walks is to connect with nature and its medicinal properties, for healing of the body, mind, emotions, soul and spirit.

Everyone is welcome! We will practice Earthing Meditations (sitting, lying down and moving) to connect with our own selves, as well as the plants, animals and elemental protectors of nature. We'll also experience wild edible and medicinal plants, birds by sight and sound, animal tracks and more.

Contributions requested of between $5-$25 per person when you arrive for the hike to support Nayaret for her time and travel expenses. Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are sponsoring the hikes and will also be in attendance. The full June schedule includes:

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Deception Pass - Rosario Beach
Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Bob Hierman Wildlife Park, Snohomish
Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Clark's Creek Park Springs, Puyallup

Prepare for sun and rain, and walking by mud and sticker bushes. For help in deciding what to bring on walks in nature, consider a selection of the 10 essentials - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials

Past events (393)

Accessible Northwest Natural History Hike - Foothills Trail

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