Guided Walks

Sammamish Walks – 2016

The 2016 schedule is complete and registration is up and running. This year, all but one walk will be on a Saturday. But not all walks begin at the same time of day. Please note the start times, below.

  • Walks are led by volunteers – wildlife experts, naturalists, photographers, parks commissioners and others – all of them knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our regional parks and trails.
  • Bring your cameras or binoculars but leave your dogs at home as we will be focusing on plants and wildlife.

Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve – April 23, 11AM

This is a place where life thrives with aquatic vegetation, birds, bugs, ducks and forestland critters.  The flow of water makes for seasonally changing views, with early spring being one of the most interesting times to visit.  Join experienced walk leader Hank Klein for an up-close view of this vital habitat.   To register for this walk, click here.

Pine Lake Park History Walk – May 14, 10AM

Join Sammamish Heritage Society ambassador Steve Thues for a walk through time in this forested lakefront park.  Learn about local history and the geologic origins of the Sammamish plateau as you move along the gentle trails, crossing wetlands on a boardwalk, cutting through dense woods, and skirting the swimming beach and fishing dock.   To register for this walk, click here.

Big Rock Park Children’s Walk – May 21, 10AM

This event is tailored for young walkers and led by Nature Vision guides who are experienced in introducing children to the wonders of our natural environment.  A beautiful property, Big Rock Park was named in recognition the huge boulder deposited during the last ice age and located along one of the well-marked and well-groomed trails.   To register for this walk, click here.

Beaver Lake Preserve – June 18, 10AM

Join Parks Commissioner Hank Klein and co-leader Janice King on a 1.2-mile walk through one of our least-visited city parks.  Spanning both sides of Beaver Lake Drive, this 67-acre forest, with mature trees and 1.600 feet of Beaver Lake shoreline, is home to a variety of native plants, birds and wildlife.  An optional 1.4-mile extension will go around the pond and through the forest areas of the adjacent Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve.   To register for this walk, click here.

Lower Commons to Market – Wednesday, June 22, 4PM

Discover our civic campus at City Hall.  Planning Commissioner Frank Blau will wind us through “The Commons,” which has been developed to include a community garden and other specialized park features.  We will then arrive at the Market where Deb Sogge will explain how local farmers qualify to be at our Farmers Market.  Deb will include interesting details on who grows what, where and when.  Then, you will have the option to eat dinner at the market or buy fresh produce and flowers to take home.  . To register for this walk, click here.

Kung Fu Walking at Yellow Lake, Klahanie – July 9, 1PM

Walk with an awareness of nature, breath and movement.  Experience balance in motion with ancient thoughts in the modern world.  This walk will be led by local Sifu Johann Sasynuik, owner of the Kung Fu Club.   To register for this walk, click here.

Sammamish Landing Trail Walk – July 23, 10AM 

We will explore the naturalized shoreline, stroll along the East Lake Sammamish trail to Weber Point, and enjoy fabulous dockside views.  Interesting anecdotes about the history of our area will be shared along the way.   To register for this walk, click here.

Evans Creek Preserve – August 6, 10AM 

Join naturalist Elby Jones who will leading the walk through the meadows and wetlands, along trails and over boardwalks.  This open space includes a segment of Evans Creek, along the Redmond/Fall City Highway (202) with large areas of wetlands, steep slopes, and open meadow areas.  Hawks, songbirds, deer, bear, and beavers traverse the terrain.   To register for this walk, click here.

Pine Lake Park “Artful Experience” – August 20, 10AM 

Bring your inner artist and your outdoor shoes.  This experience, suitable to all ages, is an introduction to nature drawing workshop and walk.   To register for this walk, click here.

Big Rock Park Children’s Walk – September 17, 10AM 

This event is tailored for young walkers and led by Nature Vision guides who are experienced in introducing children to the wonders of our natural environment.  A beautiful property, Big Rock Park was named in recognition the huge boulder deposited during the last ice age and located along one of the well-marked and well-groomed trails To register for this walk, click here.

Soaring Eagle Park – October 1, 10AM 

Come along and get to know this wonderful 600-acre King County and City of Sammamish managed urban forest resource on a walk that will cover only a small portion of a 12 mile network of well-signed trails. Development in Soaring Eagle Regional Park consists of a cobweb of connected trails that cover almost all of the square mile park. Local housing developments quickly fade into the trees as we wander into the heart of the park. The grade is generally gentle and the trails are well maintained allowing for easy enjoyment of assorted birds and other wildlife that might be seen among widely spaced stands of alder and maple that occasionally give way to densely packed stands of fir, hemlock, and cedar interspersed with areas of marshy wetlands  To register for this walk, click here.

 

2 Responses to Guided Walks

  1. Sheela says:

    How do I register for the April 23rd walk?

    • admin says:

      Registration is now available on the City of Sammamish website. Click on ‘Events’ and ‘Events Calendar’ and then select the date.

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