Summer Activities on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Release Date: Jul 23, 2014  

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest


Contact:   Tracy O'ToolTracy O'Toole Office: 425-783-6015


This summer tour the forest with an expert and learn about the forest ecosystems, hike with the 10 essentials, or experience salmon and stream ecology first hand along the Nooksack River. You can choose between a number of events and activities throughout the forest.


Nooksack River Stewards Events - July - September
Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542) - Mt. Baker Ranger District
Join the NSEA River Stewards on Saturday evenings to learn about salmon and stream ecology in the Nooksack River while snacking on smoked salmon, cream cheese and crackers around the campfire. On Sunday mornings go for a walk up the Horseshoe Bend Trail and discover the vast aquatic mysteries of rivers and riparian zones. All River Stewards events are family-friendly, free and registration is not required. For more information contact Annitra Ferderer at 360-715-0283 x105.

Wild About Salmon Campfire Talk, - Saturdays, 5 p.m.
Douglas Fir Campground Picnic Shelter--From Glacier, Wash., travel 2.5 miles east on Mt. Baker Highway SR542. The campground is on the west side of the highway, just after crossing the North Fork Nooksack River near milepost 35.

Noisy Waters: A Nooksack River Walk, - Sundays, 11 a.m.
Horseshoe Bend Trail--Travel east on the Mt. Baker Highway SR 542 approximately two miles from the Glacier Public Service Center and cross the Nooksack River. The trailhead is on the right side (east) of the highway, across from the Douglas Fir Campground entrance.

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Mt. Baker & Heather Meadows - July - September
Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542) - Mt. Baker Ranger District
Hear local histories and learn about unique plants and animals of the forest, geology and Mt. Baker from local speakers and Forest Service field rangers. Enjoy short easy hikes for all ages. Reservations are not required and programs are free. A federal recreation pass is required. For more information call the Glacier Public Service Center at 360-599-2714.


Heather Meadows Guest Speakers - Weekends August-September
Local historians, scientists and artists give presentations at the Heather Meadows Visitor Center.

Date

Time

Guest Speaker

Program

August 9

1 pm

Janet Oakley

Civilian Conservation Corps History

August 17

1 pm

Tod Werger and Jon D’Onofrio

Mt. Baker History

August 23

1 pm

Tammy Cooper-Woodrich

Nooksack Tribal Storytelling

August 23

2 pm

Visit with Smokey Bear

Fire Prevention

August 24

1 pm

David Drummond

Sub-alpine Mammals

Naturalist Walk

August 24

2 pm

Visit with Smokey Bear

Fire Prevention

August 30

1 pm

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Salmon Natural History

August 31

1 pm

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Salmon Natural History

September 1

1 pm

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Salmon Natural History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information call the Glacier Public Service Center at 360-599-2714.

Nature Matters      
Visit with Forest Service Field Rangers in the Heather Meadows area. Learn about natural and cultural histories along the Mt. Baker Scenic Byway corridor, SR 542.

Family Weekend at Heather Meadows - August 23 & 24
A variety of activities appropriate for kids of all ages will be available on both days. Listen to Nooksack tribal stories, hike with a naturalist, take a short walk with a ranger, meet Smokey Bear, or become a Junior Ranger.
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Big 4 Picnic Area - July - September
Mt. Loop HighwayDarrington Ranger District

Big Interpretive Ranger Hikes – Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Listen to the history about the Big 4 Inn and learn about unique ecosystem plants and animals of the forest around the Big 4 Ice Caves from Forest Service field rangers. Enjoy short easy hikes for all ages. Meet at the Big 4 Picnic Area, 14 miles east of the Verlot Public Service Center. Reservations are not required and programs are free. A federal recreation pass is required. For more information call the Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

Become a Junior Forest Ranger! - Aug. 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rangers will be on hand to help you get started on the path to becoming a Junior Forest Ranger or bring your completed Junior Ranger book for the oath ceremony! Short guided walks, museum tours and other activities at the Verlot Public Service Center. For more information call the Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

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Deception Falls Interpretive Ranger HikesJuly 5, 19 and Aug. 2, 11 a.m.
US Highway 2Skykomish Ranger District

Join a ranger to learn about stream ecology, the Wilderness Act, and Leave No Trace. Enjoy a ½ mile nature hike with a beautiful waterfall that is great for all ages. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Reservations are not required and programs are free. Meet at the picnic area at 11:00am. The Deception Falls Picnic Area is located at milepost 56 of US Highway 2. The entrance is on the north side of the highway. A federal recreation pass is required. For more information call the Skykomish Ranger District at 360-677-2414.


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