Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

Save the Frogs Day: Edmonds resident Thayer “Frog Lady” Cueter will share tips for how to have a frog-friendly back yard at 1 p.m. April 28 at Willow Creek Hatchery, 95 Pine St., Edmonds. Cueter, founder of Just Frogs Toads Too Foundation and coordinator of the Pacific Northwest’s FrogWatchUSA chapter, also will talk about local frogs and their habitats. Meet in the demonstration garden. More at www.pilchuckaudubon.org.

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, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and other winter fun. More at www.parks.state.wa.us/winter.

Craig Romano: The guidebook author, outdoors writer and trails expert is speaking at the Everett Mountaineers’ open house at 7 p.m. May 1 at Snohomish PUD headquarters, 2320 California St., Everett. Romano has authored more than 20 books, including his Urban Trails series. He’ll talk about his latest book, “Urban Trails: Everett,” which highlights urban trails in Snohomish and Island counties.

Spring walk: A guided community walk on Camano Island is set for 9:50 a.m. May 4. The walk, led by the Friends of Camano Island Parks, will span Iverson Spit Preserve, Kristoferson Creek Habitat and English Boom Historical Park. The walk is happening rain or shine. Bring sturdy shoes or boots. Dogs aren’t allowed. Meet at Iverson Spit Preserve, accessed from East Camano Drive via Russell Road, east to Sunrise Road then south to Iverson Beach Road. More at www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org.

First Saturday Campfire Sessions: REI expert instructors will offer brief lessons on seasonally relevant topics from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 4 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. The free information sessions take place the first Saturday of each month. No registration required. More at www.rei.com.

Smartphone Photography: Learn how to optimize your smartphone’s camera in this beginner class at 6 p.m. May 7 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. Lessons will include 10 simple rules for compelling compositions, adjusting settings to conserve power, and specific settings for the Android or iPhone photos apps. Space is limited. More at www.rei.com.

Whale watching: Island Adventures’ three-hour tours depart from Everett through May. Tours also leave from La Conner, Anacortes and Port Angeles; months vary. Everett’s rates are $69 for adults, $49 for children ages 3-17 and $1 for children younger than 3. More at www.island-adventures.com.

Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks without an entrance fee is June 1, National Trails Day. Other free days are June 8 (National Get Outdoors Day), June 9 (Fishing Day), Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s birthday), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 29 (Autumn free day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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