A Pacific golden plover, which nests in the Arctic but migrates to islands in the Pacific Ocean. (Tim Boyer)
                                A Pacific golden plover, which nests in the Arctic but migrates to islands in the Pacific Ocean. See more bird photography at the Puget Sound Bird Fest, which continues through Sept. 15 in Edmonds. (Tim Boyer)

A Pacific golden plover, which nests in the Arctic but migrates to islands in the Pacific Ocean. (Tim Boyer) A Pacific golden plover, which nests in the Arctic but migrates to islands in the Pacific Ocean. See more bird photography at the Puget Sound Bird Fest, which continues through Sept. 15 in Edmonds. (Tim Boyer)

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

Puget Sound Bird Fest: The festival continues through Sept. 15 at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds; 425-771-0227. Guided field trips to other sites. Speakers, exhibits, workshops, kids activities. Free general admission. 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.

Hiking basics: The free “Pacific Northwest Hiking Basics” class is at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. Trails are plentiful in the area and often lead to the backcountry. Learn how to plan your hike, navigate permitting, better understand the challenges you may face and the rewards that could come from it. Limited spots are left. More at www.rei.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.

Snohomish Tweed Ride: Fancy a cycle along the Centennial Trail while sporting your finest? No modern garb allowed. Meet at 10 a.m. at the historic Machias Depot, 1626 Virginia St., for tea and sweets (bring your own cup) photo ops and a treasure hunt. Prizes go to the most dapper and dandily dressed ladies and gents on bicycles. More at www.historicdowntown snohomish.org.

Find Your Park: Need some place to explore? Maybe the Olympic National Park Coastline meets your fancy. The next free “Find Your Park” class is at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Alderwood REI, 3000 184th St. SW, Suite 952, Lynnwood. Learn about two recreational areas in the at the Olympic National Park Coastline, along with some tips for how to best enjoy the trails. Space is limited. More at www.rei.com.

Free park-ing: The next day to visit Washington state parks without an entrance fee is Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day. Other free days include Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 29 (Autumn free day). More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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.

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.

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