Washington State Parks offers a chance to learn about the eruption of Mount St. Helens through Sept. 15 at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. (Herald file)

Washington State Parks offers a chance to learn about the eruption of Mount St. Helens through Sept. 15 at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. (Herald file)

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

Puget Sound Bird Fest: The festival is set for Sept. 13-15 at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds; 425-771-0227. Guided field trips to other sites. Free general admission. Opening reception 7 p.m. Friday at Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St. More at www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.

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, “Bats,” is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Meg Lunnum of Happy Valley Bats will give the talk. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Return of the Salmon Celebration: The festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 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. 5K run from Osprey to River park starts at 9 a.m. More at www.skyvalleychamber.com.

High tide ride: A High Tide Ride for Families is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Ebey Waterfront Park, 1404 First St., Marysville. Free. RSVP by Sept. 19 to dhall@marysvillewa.gov. At 3.8 miles round trip, the ride is great for children. Sponsored by the Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop and the BIKES Club of Snohomish County. More at www.marysvillewa.gov.

Climb a tree: Washington State Parks and AdventureTerra of Seattle teamed up to offer guided, educational tree-climbing adventures to visitors at Deception Pass State Park, Hoypus Point area, 41020 U.S. 20, Oak Harbor. Cost is $149 for session lasting four hours. Through October. Helmets, harnesses, safety glasses, foot holds and instruction included. For ages 7 and older. More at www.AdventureTerra.com.

Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks without an entrance fee is Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The final free day of the year is Nov. 29 (Autumn free day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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