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.
Wetlands talk: Russ Holmes, wetland ecologist and retired Forest Service botanist, will give a free talk on wetlands at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. He’ll talk about how wetlands not only provide habitat for wildlife, but also serve humans in myriad ways, including filtering and storing fresh water. More at www.camanowildlifehabitat.org. Call 360-387-2236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boulder River: Join a work party doing seasonal maintenance on a trail along Boulder River near Darrington from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 21, 22 and 24. The hike to the project site is 4-6 miles round trip over steep terrain. Wear boots, long pants, work gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and eye protection. Bring lunch, water, a rain jacket and pants, extra warm clothing and a pack. Directions to the site are available at www.wta.org.
Eight-Mile: Help repair a trail leading to Squire Creek Pass off Mountain Loop Highway near Darrington from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 29. The hike to the project site is expected to be 2-4 miles round trip over steep terrain. Work will include annual maintenance and possibly a minor trail relocation. No experience is necessary, but expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to six hours. Recommended ages are 10 and older; kids younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form needs to be signed for anyone under 18. More at www.wta.org.
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.