Tide Pool Party: Where to Spot Cool Marine Life Near Seattle

Tide Pool Party: Where to Spot Cool Marine Life Near Seattle

  Grab your rubber boots and low tide field guide–there are some fantastic minus tides in Puget Sound this summer! There are a few things in life that you can rely on with absolute certainty. One of those is the rhythm of the sea. Twice a day, the tide will come in (high tide!) and […]

Find Cool Geology at Mount St. Helens

Find Cool Geology at Mount St. Helens

Hiking the trails on this active volcano is like stepping into an outdoor classroom, where geologic forces of the past teach us about nature’s recovery and renewal.

COVID-19: Northwest Public Lands are Re-Opening

Shelter in Parks: Northwest Public Lands are Opening, Here's Where to Go

UPDATED: May 22, 2020 Have your hiking boots been sitting beside the front door, collecting dust? How about your fishing pole, binoculars, kite and canoe paddle? The coronavirus put spring outdoor adventure on hold for months, and most of us have been sheltering in place. Now, thanks to our collective diligence and determination to put […]

Where to Find Snow Right Now (and How to Play In It)

Where to Find Snow Right Now, and How to Play In It

For the powder heads among us, last winter was glorious. Across the lowlands of Puget Sound one February morning we awoke to an uncommon sight–snow flurries cascading from the sky, and there was enough to stick. And it kept snowing, then snowing some more. With school cancelled for days, happy kids went sledding at Seattle’s […]

Northwest Bookshelf: Exploring Northwest Nature with Kids

Northwest Bookshelf: Exploring Northwest Nature with Kids

As a kid born in the 1970’s, my own childhood was free-range and mostly outside. Or rather, those are the vivid memories I have—on a bike, digging in the dirt, or playing with our dog in the park near my house. The reality is more mixed. We had cable TV and a Nintendo, and I […]

CAMP & HIKE: Icicle Creek Canyon

CAMP & HIKE: Icicle Creek Canyon

An outdoor playground in autumn, this little valley stretches like a finger into the North Cascades from Leavenworth and is lined with trailheads and campgrounds.

CAMP & HIKE: Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon Coast

CAMP & HIKE: Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon Coast

On the craggy Oregon Coast, a “headland” is a giant chunk of rock that juts out into the ocean, formed over millennia from volcanic lava flows followed by constant water erosion. Some of the larger ones are called “capes”. The coast is dotted with them, all up and down from Indian Point to Cape Ferrelo. […]