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Page Asahel Curtis Area
This easy forest trail, named after an early photographer, offers a tempting stretch break while traveling on I-90 (despite the sound of traffic)...
Article Bellevue Botanical Gardens
This is a beautiful park cut off from downtown Bellevue, only realized because of the hum of traffic along I-405. The park is filled with specialized gardens; a Japanese garden, wooded wetlands, a glen of rhododendrons, a fuchsia garden, an alpine rock garden, perennial beds and a demonstration garden that features plants suitable for our wet winters and dry summers.
Article Black River Heronry
A 93-acre refuge that hosts the largest heron colony in Washington, with approximately 130 nests in 2005. This is a unique subspecies of great blue heron, which is only found in Puget Sound and in the Fraser River Valley (near Vancouver, B.C.). These herons do not migrate like other herons and are therefore very reliant on this refuge.
Article Bloedel Reserve
The primary purpose of the Reserve is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks in the gardens and woodlands. The Bloedel Reserve comprises approximately 150 acres on Bainbridge Island Washington. About 84 acres are second growth forest. The remainder is altered landscapes, including various gardens, ponds and meadows.
Article Bob Heirman Wildlife Area
This is a 343-acre county park with riparian, wetland and agricultural habitats. With this unique setting and outstanding natural resources, it offers a great location for viewing wildlife. This natural preserve encompasses within its boundaries vast open spaces, two pristine lakes, fragile wetlands, and an extensive river environment.
Article Cavanaugh Pond
Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area is approximately 44 acres and is located on the left bank of the Cedar River. The Natural Area is adjacent to the Cedar River Trail and to State Route 169, Renton-Maple Valley Road.
Article Cougar Mountain Regional Park
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is one of the most incredible natural resources in the King County Park System. Surrounded by the cities of Bellevue, Newcastle and Issaquah, and just minutes from downtown Seattle, Cougar Mountain Park truly is a natural oasis amid urban King County
Article Discovery Park
Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site.
Article Foster Island
Foster Island is part of the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum. The Arboretum is a combination of highway, wetlands and landscaped gardens and at the north end is Foster Island.
Article Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Grays Harbor NWR was established in 1990 and is located in the northeast corner of Grays Harbor estuary. It encompasses about 1,500 acres of intertidal mudflats, salt marsh, and uplands. In 1996, Grays Harbor Estuary was designated a hemispheric reserve by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network as a site of international significance.
Article Juanita Bay Park
Juanita Bay Park (Kirkland, Washington) offers many opportunities for up-close views of a variety of wildlife in several types of environment. The 144-acre park provides habitat for songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, amphibians, turtles, beavers, and other small mammals. Interpretive signs are located throughout the park for self-guided tours. Juanita Bay Park features paved trails and several boardwalks through marshland to the lakeshore.
Article Kelsey Creek Park
This park is nestled in the heart of well-developed neighborhoods but the feel is more isolated, country woods experience. The park is made up of 150 acres of forest and wetland habitat, with a number of hiking trails, including a easy gravel loop trail that goes around the parks barns and pastures.
Article Kubota Gardens
Kubota Garden is a 20 acre (81,000 m²) Japanese garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.A public garden owned by the City of Seattle and maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation. A stunning twenty acres of hills and valleys, the Kubota Garden features streams, waterfalls, ponds, rock outcroppings and an exceptionally rich and mature collection of plant material.
Article Lake Hills Greenbelt
The Greenbelt is a 130 acre park connecting Larsen Lake to the north and Phantom Lake to the south. The long narrow shape of the park with its varied environment makes it an excellent place to walk, jog, or just relax and enjoy the fantastic views. People enjoy recreational activities here such as bird watching, boating, fishing and just appreciating the beauty of the environment.
Article Lake Sammamish State Park
Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake was an important culture zone for local Indian tribes for centuries. The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue-heron rookery are additional features.
Article Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank is a large park of 77 acres with three-quarters of a mile of Lake Washington waterfront. Much of the park has been left undeveloped to foster a variety of wildlife, including 135 species of birds, 50 species of waterfowl, raccoons, beaver, muskrats, tree frogs and rabbits. Many of these animals live in the wetlands that occupy the north and south ends of the park.
Article Marymoor Park
The park's many habitats, such as riparian, marsh, forest and meadow, attract more than 150 species of birds.
Article Mercer Slough Nature Park
Though it sits amid the urban bustle of Bellevue, Mercer Slough Nature Park's 326 acres of wetlands, meadows, forest, and bog are home or the seasonal destination of 170 species of birds and animals including Coyote, Beaver, Muskrat, and Great Blue Heron. This is the largest remaining stretch of wetland left on Lake Washington.
Article St. Edwards State Park
Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre day-use park with 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Washington. Once a Catholic seminary, the park's rich history reflects in its grounds and architecture. Walks along the undeveloped lakeshore are peaceful and give the visitor many opportunities for nature study.
Article Totem Lake
Totem Lake - a little known urban birding gem located in Kirkland, WA on Seattle's Eastside. Totem Lake is a 27 acre wetland with an extensive bird population.
Article Waterworks Gardens
Waterworks Gardens is a public park next to King County's South Treatment Plant in Renton, Washington. This is a place where art, technology and nature join in a unique way. Along with trails, public art, native plants and wildlife, the ponds and marshes of Waterworks Gardens filter and clean storm water from the treatment plant's 50 acres of roads, parking lots and hard surfaces.
Article Watershed Park
Kirkland Watershed Park is more than 70 acres of mostly upland second growth forest.
Article Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, on the Nisqually River Delta in southern Puget Sound, was established in 1974 for the protection of migratory birds. Three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands, riparian, and mixed forest habitats provide resting and nesting areas for migratory waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and wading birds. A five-mile long dike currently separates saltwater habitats from freshwater habitats and creates a land of diversity for the more than 300 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. By walking the 5-1/2 mile Brown Farm Dike Trail visitors can view a variety of habitat types and the wildlife that live in them.
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