We’ve turned the page on our monthly calendar to October and just like clock-work, a flurry of salmon are making their long journey from the ocean, through Lake Washington and to their final spawning destination in the Cedar River. Right now, the river is alive and active with Chinook, Sockeye and Coho salmon determined to complete their natural life cycles once they return home. If you’re thinking this sounds like a great opportunity to step away from the screen, get outside and witness a truly remarkable life cycle happening right here in your own backyard, then yes, you are correct.
Thanks to Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and many other great local supporters of the river, there is not one, but five places for you to experience this natural wonder. There’s no question that it’s a feast for the eyes, but you’ll also learn a bit about these gentle creatures thanks to knowledgeable naturalists ready to enlighten you with interesting salmon history and facts.
This program is free to all and (hint!) a great chance to introduce your kids to an outdoor learning activity perfectly disguised as a fun field trip. Your kids will think you’re a hero! For a fun bonus activity that is sure to score you extra points with the kids, bring the bikes along and go for a quick spin on the Cedar River Trail.
When: Weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28.
Where: Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Riverview Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park.
For all the program details, including a map and directions, please visit Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.