The 2015 Sammamish Walks calendar is ready. We will kick off the season with a haiku walk at Beaver Lake Park on May 2. Then, beginning May 16, guided walks will be held monthly through October on the third Saturday of the month. The walks start at 10 AM and last for 1-1/2 to 2 hours (the haiku walk will be longer).
- 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.
Haiku in the Woods – May 2 – CLOSED
In a repeat of a popular 2014 walk, poet Michael Dylan Welch will teach the basics of haiku, a Japanese poetry form. He will then lead a walk along the Beaver Lake Park trail where – inspired by nature – you will be encouraged to write your own poetry. We’ll convene at Beaver Lake Lodge at 10:00. Bring writing materials and a bag lunch.
To register for Haiku in the Woods, click here
Pine Lake Park History Walk – CLOSED
Join Sammamish Heritage Society members Nan Gordon and Steve Thues for a walk through Pine Lake Park. Learn about local history and about the geologic origins of the Sammamish Plateau as you move along the gentle trails that skirt the lake, cross wetlands and cut through dense woods.
To register for the May 16 Pine Lake Walk here
Beaver Lake Preserve/Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve – CLOSED
Join Parks Commissioner Hank Klein and Audubon member 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 1600 feet of Beaver Lake shoreline, is home to a variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, barred owls and the northern red-legged frog.
To register for the June 20 Beaver Lake Preserve/Hazel Wolf Preserve Walk, click here
East Lake Sammamish History Walk – July 18 – CLOSED
Nan Gordon will once again share her love of local history, this time as we walk along the East Lake Sammamish trail. Other guides will include City Councilman Ramiro Valderrama, historian Nancy Way and former Parks Commissioner Judy Petersen. This walk will be an easy stroll, filled with interesting anecdotes about the history of our area.
To register for the July 18 East Lake Sammamish History walk, click here
Evans Creek Preserve – August 15
The first of two children’s walks planned for 2015, this adventure will be led by a guide from Nature Vision, a non-profit environmental educational organization. Unlike our many densely-forested parks, the 179-acre Evans Creek Preserve provides views of meadows and wetlands as you walk along newly-constructed trails and boardwalks.
To register for the August 15 Evans Creek Children’s walk, click here
Soaring Eagle – September 19
With 640 acres and almost 13 miles of trails, every walk through Soaring Eagle is a new experience. Our guide, Randy Jackson, knows every twist and turn in this fascinating and complex trail system and will stop from time to time to explain the trail markers, talk about wildlife and discuss the origins of this 640-acre King County Park.
To register for the September 19 Soaring Eagle walk here
Big Rock Park Children’s Walk – October 17
This walk will be aimed at young walkers, 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 of the huge boulder, deposited during the last ice age, located along one of the well-marked and well-groomed trails
To register for the October 17 Big Rock Park Children’s walk, click here