Wild Things is for the young at heart, designed especially for parents with young children. All ages are welcome! Explore a different park each month.
Meets every Friday 9:30–1:00AM.
Explore nature at a child's pace, searching for animal evidence and signs of the season. Nurture a sense of wonder while exploring our world. Adults stoke their own curiosity and discover secrets about the wild life around us.
Our pace is slow and we explore all kinds of trails, so it is best suited for parents who wear their babies, children who are experienced walkers or have parents willing to carry them over the rough bits. Strollers are not advised unless indicated. Parents are responsible for their children and their safety at all times. No pets, please.
School aged children are welcome to join us on their Friday off from school!
DONATION! (Suggested: $5. Whether that's per person or per family is up to you).
Please visit our registration page to donate online. Thank you for supporting this program and making hands-on nature discovery accessible for everyone!
For questions, email Holly Roger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 2015: Lake Padden
Lake Padden is a wonder-full place to explore in any season. January brings the promise of fresh beginnings (and fancy mating plumage for many birds). We will be searching for the first signs of spring at Lake Padden this month. Do you think we'll find any? As in many aspects of life, some beginnings are so tiny, so subtle as to go without notice unless you slow down and take a close look. The wonder-full thing about exploring with young children is their ability to see the world in all it's detail, and be fully present in the moment.
Wardrobe Check: Young children do not have the same ability to regulate their body temperatue as adults, as you may notice from their wildly (and hilariously) inappropriate clothing choices. During these cold wet times, it's important to dress your littles like a duck. Well, more like a sheep! Warm layers of wool, fleece, down and a waterproof layer works best for happy, comfortable exploring for 1 1/2 hours. Especially thick wool socks. Those things are magic! Avoid cotton if you can. It's rotten for the outdoors, the explorers say! Cotton just absorbs moisture and doesn't retain heat.
Please bring a simple, healthy, nut-free snack to share.
Directions: Google Map. Take the EAST entrance and proceed past the big playground until you see the Lake Padden Dog Park on your left. Parking will be on your right. To avoid congestion with dogs and their people, consider parking in the lot uphill from the Dog Park parking lot.