Most events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phased reopening plan. Check with each venue for the latest information.
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: While the forest’s campgrounds and restrooms remain closed to align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-home order, as of May 22 there is a phased reopening of trailheads and day-use areas. Garbage service and water facilities continue to be unavailable. Visitors should plan to be as self-sufficient as possible. This includes bringing their own water, knowing how to properly dispose of human and dog waste, and packing out all garbage. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs for more information.
Find your favorite park: Still playing it safe? Virtually explore Washington’s state parks during the governor’s stay-home order. Washington State Parks Foundation’s website features an interactive map of Washington’s 124 state parks, as well as virtual tours, park information and trip reports. The virtual tours provide a 360-degree view with navigational tools and a walk-through of state parks, trails, campgrounds, retreat centers, interpretive centers and vacation houses. More at www.waparks.org.
Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks in 2020 without an entrance fee is June 7 (Fishing Day). Other free dates are June 13 (National Get Outdoors Day), Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s 104th birthday), Sept. 26 (National Public Lands Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 27 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Green Everett: The next Green Everett Partnership work party is from 9 a.m. to noon June 13, Johnston-Kelly Park, 49th Street SW and Forest Drive, Everett. Help improve Everett’s parks and natural areas by removing invasive species, planting trees and maintaining plants. The Green Everett Partnership is a collaboration between the city parks department and Forterra, formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy. Call 425-238-0065 or go to www.greeneverett.org.
Killer Whale Tales: 1 p.m. June 13, Adopt A Stream Foundation, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Biologist Jeff Hogan has been conducting research on the San Juan killer whales over the last 20 years. He will bring the San Juan killer whale population to the Northwest Stream Center through photographs and underwater video. Reservations are required. The charge is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for non-members. Limited to 20 seats. Call 425-316-8592.
Get wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations the third Wednesday of the month. The next presentation, “Diversity and Dynamics of Camano Island Forests,” is set for 7 p.m. June 17 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Linda Brubaker, emeritus professor of the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington, will lead the presentation. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Adventure Speaker Series: McKenzie Johnson will give a talk about her mountaineering experiences 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Johnson, who credits her accomplishments to being eight years sober, will also share her work with Recovery Beyond, a nonprofit that helps addicts recover via outdoor training and mountaineering. Doors open at 6 p.m. Entry is $5 at the door. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.