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Parent and child on a trail at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge -- looking through binoculars for birdwatching.

Learn Our Local Birds — Birding Tips for Families and Newbies

We live in a great place to go birding. In Riverside State Park, birders have recorded a total of 153 species. But let’s face it: Birding with small children can be challenging. Kids can fidget and scare off timid birds perching nearby. They want to talk about everything they’re seeing, which makes hearing and identifying …

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Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Kids’ Fishing Day Reels in Fun for All

If there ever were an event that is solely about supporting a new generation of anglers, the Clear Lake Annual Kids Fishing Event is it. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife teams up every year with local organizations to host this remarkable event that encourages kids to enjoy the outdoors. This event epitomizes everything …

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No Space, No Problem: Starting an Urban Garden

The urban agriculture and urban farming movements have taken off. Some use vacant lots to start community gardens for personal use or food bank donations, while others grow their own food in response to growing concern over industrial agriculture. Figuring out what, when and where to plant can be an intimidating task. Two helpful resources …

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Winterfest Offers a Chance to Make Friends, Learn Something New, and Eat Donuts

Picture snow. That snow is polka dotted with cross-country skiers laughing as they make their way across white clearings and curving trails to a warming hut for free cider and soup. Picture kids frantically racing to the finish line for a donut. Envision booths, vendors, prizes, and scavenger hunts. Picture yourself swooshing down quiet trails …

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