Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks without an entrance fee is June 9, Fishing Day. Other free days are Aug. 25 (National Park Service’s birthday), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 29 (Autumn free day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Work party: Help maintain Camano Island State Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 11. Meet at the ranger station, 2269 Lowell Point Road. Tools, drinks and dessert will be provided. Bring a brown-bag lunch. More at www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Explore Olympic National Park: Alderwood REI’s next “Find Your Park” class is at 6 p.m. June 11 at the Lynnwood store, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952. An expert from REI will share tips for exploring Olympic National Park, including how to request permits and where best to camp. The class is free, but space is limited. More at www.rei.com.
Buzz buzz: The “How to Save the Bees” presentation is at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Expert Demarus Tevuk Sandlin will talk about local native bees, how they live and what they need to thrive. Learn what you can do in your back yard to help bees and other vital pollinators. Reservations are required. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for non-members. Call 425-316-8592. More at www.streamkeeper.org.
Jetty Island Days: The 2019 season runs from July 5 to Sept. 2. Ferries depart from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays at 10th Street and W. Marine View Drive, Everett; $3 fee for parking; suggested donation $2 for adults, $1 for kids; 425-257-8304; everettwa.gov/jettyisland.
Mount St. Helens: Want to know more about the May 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens? Washington State Parks offers a diverse series of programs through Sept. 15 at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, 3029 Spirit Lake Highway, Castle Rock and at Seaquest State Park across the highway. Programs include interactive talks and demonstrations on the region’s history and the eruption, guided walks through the wetland ecosystem of Silver Lake and Junior Ranger evening activities. More at www.parks.state.wa.us/245/Mount-St-Helens.
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, “Weeds of Camano,” is set for 7 p.m. June 19 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Seth Luginbill of the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board will give the talk. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Ride to Canada: Join the Cascade Bicycle Club on a ride from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., Aug. 23-24. The 175-mile route of scenic backroads starts at the north end of the University of Washington’s E-18 parking lot and finishes in downtown Vancouver over two days. More at www.cascade.org.