Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

Adventure Speaker Series: “Snowshoeing and Winter Safety” talk by Bud Hardwick, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is a $3 suggested donation. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.

Fishy trees: Adopt A Stream Foundation is selling “live and wild” holiday trees for Salmon at the Northwest Stream Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 6 through 24. Selection of live 3 to 5 foot ($40 to $60) Sitka spruce, Western red cedar and Douglas fir trees that are in pots. After the holidays, all trees returned to the center will be planted next to local streams helping out next year’s salmon runs. The center is in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. During December, admission is free to the 20-acre forest and wetland complex, which has a half-mile trail, trout stream exhibit and and an elevated nature trail that is about 3-feet above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands. More at www.streamkeeper.org.

Mountain movies: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be shown in Everett at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. It’s a collection of outdoor adventure films that explore the mountain world, highlighting remote cultures and adrenaline-packed sports. More at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070465.

Get wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month at Camano Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive. More at 360-387-2236 and www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.


Winterfest: Cama Beach State Park has activities throughout December such as guided hikes, starlight low tide beach walks, music and zombies at the park, 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island. Activities take place at various times on Dec. 2, 9, 15, 16, 23, 30 and 31. A Discover Pass is required for day-use visits to the park. More at www.camabeachfoundation.org/winterfest.html.

Winter park-ing: More than 100 Washington State Parks remain open for camping or day-use activities and about 19 parks are closed until dates in March, April or May, due to weather and other circumstances. See the schedule at www.parks.state.wa.us/winterschedule.


Christmas tree permits: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest permits are on sale through Jan. 5. As part of the national Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth graders are eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid in a Park website, www.everykidinapark.gov. If you aren’t a fourth grader, you can purchase permits to cut Christmas trees on the national forest. More at www.fs.usda.gov.

Winter fun: Sno-Park permits are now available. Permits allow visitors to park in specially cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas for cross-country skiing, skijoring, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and more throughout the state. Available through April 30.

Daily permit is for one, two or three consecutive days; cost is $20 per day. Seasonal non-motorized permit is valid for the entire winter season at non-motorized Sno-Parks that are used for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding; cost is $40. Special groomed sticker affixes to a seasonal Sno-Park permit and is required for use at these non-motorized Sno-Parks: Cabin Creek, Chiwawa Loop, Crystal Springs, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee (including Nason Ridge) and Mount Spokane; cost is $40. All snowmobiles are required to be registered annually through the state Department of Licensing or a licensing agent. The $50 registration fee includes one Sno-Park permit, which must be affixed to the towing vehicle.

An annual Discover Pass is needed for Sno-Parks on lands managed by Washington State Parks or Washington State Department of Natural Resources. A Discover Pass is not required for those who purchase an annual Sno-Park permit. More at http://parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-Recreation and www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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