With summer in full swing it’s a great time to get outdoors and explore nature. Whether you enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, swimming, boating, or lounging by the water recreational opportunities are plentiful!
Below are a few resources about visiting state parks, national parks, and federal recreation lands.
If you are planning a trip to one of Washington’s state managed recreation lands you may want to research the Discover Pass.
You can visit the Discover Pass website at: http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/faq/
The website also has a feature that lets you look up the vendors in your area that sell the Discover Pass. You can access the vendor list at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/
If you are planning a trip to a national parks or other federal recreation lands you may want to research, America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
For more information about the pass you can visit: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html
For information about where to purchase a pass you can visit: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf The PDF document lists vendor location by state.
A few things to keep in mind…
· Plan ahead. Some parks require reservations, some sections of the park may be closed, you may need permits, etc.
· Read and follow park rules. The rules help to ensure your safety and preserve the quality of the park for future visitors.
· Familiarize yourself with the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). LNT is an environmental ethic meant to foster the respectful treatment of the outdoors. You can visit http://lnt.org/programs/principles.php for more information about the principles and minimizing your impact on the environment.
· Have fun and be safe!