Natural Area Appreciation Post: Lower Bear Creek


With 14,000 acres of natural and working resource lands owned by King County, there is a lot to appreciate. The Lower Bear Creek Natural Area is just 11.68 acres in size but it’s packed with both upland forest and areas of wetland. About half of the property is located within the 100-year floodplain of Bear…

Three Ideas to Get Off the Couch and Get Outside on Thanksgiving Day


Finalizing your meal plan for Thanksgiving? Don’t forget to plan some premeal activities to work up your appetite! King County Parks offers 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space for you to explore. Get off the couch and get outside to make that extra serving of mashed potatoes worth it. Here are our recommendations…

#OptOutside at Maury Island Marine Park


Hop on a ferry and spend the day exploring Vashon-Maury Island in the “Heart of the Sound”. With 45 miles of shoreline, Vashon is a gem of the PNW. Visitors should check out the beautiful Maury Island Marine Park. The park is located on the east side of Maury Island, a peninsula of Vashon Island. It is one of…