Free park-ing: The next day of the year to visit Washington state parks in 2021 without an entrance fee is Sept. 25 (National Public Lands Day). Other free parks days are Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 26 (Autumn Day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Return of the Salmon Celebration: The festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Osprey Park, 801 First St., Sultan. Features riverside tours, drumming, cedar weaving, dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides and fish hatchery tour. Kids get to release a fish from the hatchery into the river. More at www.skyvalleychamber.com.
Fall colors kayak tour: Paddle to the Snohomish River’s most picturesque spots to see the color-changing leaves. No experience necessary. Kayak tours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and Sept. 30 at Cady Park, 40 Maple Ave., Snohomish. All equipment provided by REI. Single kayaks will be used for this tour; tandem kayaks will be optional for members of the same household. Cost is $79 for members, $99 for non-members. More at www.rei.com.
“Tahoma’s Biggest Stories”: The Everett Public Library presents a talk with the author of “Tahoma and its People” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 via Crowdcast. A naturalist, Jeff Antonelis-Lapp is emeritus faculty at The Evergreen State College will talk about the history of Mount Rainier National Park. He conducted more than 250 days of fieldwork for the book, many of them in the company of park archaeologists, biologists and geologists. Register for the free talk at www.crowdcast.io/e/tahoma. Call 425-257-8000 or go to www.epls.org for more information.
Wilderness first aid: If you work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities or recreate outdoors, this course is for you. REI is hosting a “Wilderness First Aid” class taught by the National Leadership Outdoor School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1-3 at Gold Creek County Park, 16020 148th Ave NE, Woodinville. Be prepared for hands-on instruction on wilderness medicine over the course of two days. You’ll earn your Wilderness First Aid certification with completion of the class. There is a waitlist. Cost is $245 for members, $275 for non-members. Go to www.rei.com for more information.
Green Everett: Help restore a forest by planting trees on Green Everett Day, which is Oct. 2. Sign up to help out at Forest Park or Thornton A. Sullivan Park from 9 a.m. to noon, or Johnston-Kelly Park or South Forest Park Forest Reserve from 10 a.m. to noon. The day is sponsored by the Green Everett Partnership, a collaboration between the city parks department and Forterra, formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy. Call 425-238-0065 or go to www.greeneverett.org.
Outdoor Speaker Series: Naturalist and authorJeff Antonelis-Lapp will talk about his book “Tahoma and its People” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Antonelis-Lapp’s book, a 2020 finalist in the Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival, chronicles the history of Mount Rainier National Park. The Outdoor Speaker Series is held on second Tuesdays, January through May and September through November. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.
The Banff Film Festival: REI presents 2021’s Banff Film Festival World Tour, a virtual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and the environment. There are two film programs (each two hours long) available for streaming via Now! — Amber and Onyx. Tickets are $15 for one, or $28 for both programs. You have three days to watch one program; 14 days if you sign up for both. Films streamable through Oct. 21. Register at filmfest.banffcentre.ca/?campaign=WT-152515. Call 425-640-6200 or go to www.rei.com for more information.
Hiking recommendations: Let the Washington Trails Association suggest your next hike. WTA’s website features a tool that offers personalized suggestions of hikes you might want to add to your to-do list. The tool is designed to educate, spark curiosity and shift focus from a small number of often-recommended trails to the many trails that Washington has to offer. Find the hike recommender tool at wta.org/recommender. More at www.wta.org.
Find your favorite park: 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.
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