Blog

  • The Magic of Butterflies

    May 28, 2019

    Butterflies are magical. They have amazing color, seem to float effortlessly, visit so briefly and are scarce and fragile. From your child’s first exposure to The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, to their first live butterfly sighting, they likely have been enchanted with metamorphosis and the acrobatics of butterflies. The Tropical Butterfly Garden at …

  • 20 Amazing PNW Hikes to do with Kids

    May 14, 2019

    Hiking with kids can be a wonderful adventure and an opportunity to create great learning experiences. Getting out in nature helps ground the soul and also might provide a chance for quiet conversation with your kid. Hiking provides an open space for creative play which all children (and adults) benefit from. Additionally spending time in …

  • Explore the Washington State Coast

    April 16, 2019

    The Washington Coast provides miles and miles of rugged beauty with hundreds of trails for exploration. Hop onto US Route 101 and get ready to explore all along this wild and sometimes remote coastline. Check out these destinations that offer a glimpse of all the Evergreen State’s coastline has to offer. Cape Disappointment Located at …

  • The Pacific Northwest–a Haven for Urban Wildlife

    April 5, 2019

    Seattle’s more than 400 parks, 130,000 trees and almost 86 miles of shoreline mean the city is an abundant host for wildlife–and not only the usual raccoons and squirrels. Seattle has much, much more to offer in the way of urban wildlife than most cities. It’s possible to spot transient deer lurking in greenbelts in …

  • Biking with Kids

    April 2, 2019

    In an effort to stay active and spend time outdoors, more families are taking the streets on two wheels rather than four. The benefits are multiple: spend quality time together, keep the whole family fit, and care for the environment all at once. With the right equipment and a bit of planning, cycling with kids …

  • Gardening with kids

    March 5, 2019

    When my children were young, they loved nothing more than “helping” me in the garden. Unfortunately, they could often be found pulling out my flowers as quickly as I could plant them. Finally, I got wise and gave them their own patch of dirt to dig in. Their curiosity was no surprise – gardening is …

  • Stargazing in the Pacific Northwest

    February 6, 2019

    High above the Pacific Northwest lies a star filled sky with bright stars, fleeting comets and planets. While city light can sometimes make it hard to spot stars, if you look hard enough you can usually find a few constellations. If you can, head out of the city for a truly spectacular show. In the …

  • Access to Parks and Green Space Improve Health

    January 24, 2019

    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” – John Burroughs We often think of parks and green space in terms of recreation. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban and suburban areas, and we spend an increasing amount of …