Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County


Guided snowshoe hikes: Washington State Parks is offering guided snowshoe hikes this winter at Lake Easton Park, a camping park 17 miles east of Snoqualmie Summit. The family-friendly hikes start at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 26; Jan. 1, 12, 13, 26 and 27; and Feb. 9, 10, 23 and 24. Bring snowshoes, poles and water, and wear layered clothing and boots for 3 miles of hiking on moderate terrain. Guides will talk about the area’s natural history, teach snoeshoeing basics and share safety tips. Meet at the Lake Easton State Park day-use area at 150 Lake State State Park Road, Easton. Call 509-925-1943.

Northwest Stream Center: Through December, the Adopt A Stream Foundation is offering free admission to the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Enjoy a half-mile nature walk on an elevated trail through forest and wetlands. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Call 425-316-8592 to make a reservation. Visit www.streamkeeper.org for more information.

Sno-Park permits: Attention snow enthusiasts: Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program’s Sno-Park permits are available for purchase online and at various vendors statewide through April 30. The permits allow visitors to park in cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas around the state for skiing, skijoring, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and other winter fun. More at www.parks.state.wa.us/winter.

Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington State Parks without an entrance fee is on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. Other free days are March 19 (state parks system’s birthday), April 14 (Spring Day), April 22 (Earth Day), June 2 (National Trails Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), June 10 (Fishing Day) and Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s birthday). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.


A walk to the world’s edge: Marysville’s Outdoor Adventure Speaker Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 with Beth Jusino’s presentation on “Walking to the End of the World.” An award-winning local author, Jusino will talk about her journey along the Camino de Santiago Trail. Also known as the Way of Saint James, it’s a 500-mile-long trail in Spain that leads to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great. Entry is $5 at the door. Call 360-363-8400.

Winter camping: A free “Winter Camping Basics” class is at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood. REI winter camping experts will share tips on what you need and what to expect when camping in a winter destination. Topics to be covered include how to plan, how to stay warm, how to select appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and through the night. More at www.rei.com.

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