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Tacoma Nature Center

Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma

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The 54-acre preserve is on Snake Lake, which was named for its shape. The preserve has diverse habitats which include forest, wetland, and lake.

Visitors have the opportunity for

  • Nature education, workshops, special events and day camps
  • Science education programs for teachers and students alike, either at the center or in the classroom
  • Nature tours for classrooms or organized groups
  • Wildlife observation shelters, feeders, and bridges that span the lake
  • An interpretive center and gift shop
  • Hands-on nature displays and exhibits for all ages
  • Native plant nursery
The preserve is open sunrise to sunset daily. Free admission.

Location: 1919 South Tyler St, Tacoma Washington 98405 Telephone 253-591-6439

Other Science nearby:
(Seattle) Camp Long
(Seattle) Carkeek Park
(Seattle) Center for Wooden Boats
(Olympia) Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve
(Seattle) Odyssey Contemporary Maritime Museum
(Olympia) Olympic National Forest

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Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Leavenworth WA May16-19 Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year: the breeding season. Hear the songs sung only during the breeding season.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!