Explore local parks and trails with other parents/caregivers and their children. Enjoy the outdoors together, discovering the joys of our beautiful natural surroundings.

Family Treks is a FREE program for families with children 0-5 years of age. This program gives parents the opportunity to connect with other parents and share resources. Throughout the program, you will also receive additional resources to help build your confidence in getting outside and ultimately form a life-long relationship with nature.

Walking Series

This group moves at a slow hike speed while incorporating engaging kid-centered activities. The pace may be adjusted based on who shows up at each walk.

There are three walks in each series. You’re welcome to sign up for individual walks within a series, but we recommend participating in all three as it provides an opportunity to make connections with other families over time.

All walks in this series take place
on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am

June 14 – Bubble parade to an eagle’s nest at Port of Skagit: Set off on a bubble parade on the trails of Port of Skagit. Along the way, you will spot different birds, snakes, snails, and eventually be within feet of an eagle’s nest. If you are patient and observant, you might even be able to see the eagle in its nest.

June 21 – Museum and aquarium experience at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center at Padilla Bay Upland Trail: Join us for a special event at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center! After a short walk on the Padilla Bay Upland Trail, the interpretive center staff will give our group a quick presentation and tour of the museum and aquarium.

June 28 – Nature art project at Pomona Grange Park: Walk around Pomona Grange to gather nature items (sticks, rocks, grass, leaves, etc.) that will eventually be transformed into a beautiful art piece created by you and your child!

All walks in this series take place
on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am

July 12 – Beach Patrol at Washington Park Loop: Wander the beach of Washington Park Loop in search of shore treasures. Discover shells, sea glass, colorful rocks, crabs, and even some small sea urchins and anemones.

July 19 – Wander Walk at Northern State: Hike to each wander walk sign to perform a fun nature activity. All signs are in both English and Spanish.

July 26 – Bird Watching at Padilla Bay Shore Trail: Use our binoculars to spot the many ducks, swallows, blue herons, and eagles roaming the estuary. If it is during low tide, the mudflats become exposed, and we may be able to spot small crabs and other invertebrates.

Wandering Series

This group will move slowly at a young child’s pace with an emphasis on exploration and discovery rather than mileage covered.

There are three walks in each series. You’re welcome to sign up for individual walks within a series, but we recommend participating in all three as it provides an opportunity to make connections with other families over time.

All walks in this series take place
on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 2 pm

June 14 – Bubble parade to an eagle’s nest at Port of Skagit: Set off on a bubble parade on the trails of Port of Skagit. Along the way, you will spot different birds, snakes, snails, and eventually be within feet of an eagle’s nest. If you are patient and observant, you might even be able to see the eagle in its nest.

June 21 – Museum and aquarium experience at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center at Padilla Bay Upland Trail: Join us for a special event at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center! After a short walk on the Padilla Bay Upland Trail, the interpretive center staff will give our group a quick presentation and tour of the museum and aquarium.

June 28 – Nature art project at Pomona Grange Park: Walk around Pomona Grange to gather nature items (sticks, rocks, grass, leaves, etc.) that will eventually be transformed into a beautiful art piece created by you and your child!

All walks in this series take place
on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am

July 12 – Beach Patrol at Washington Park Loop: Wander the beach of Washington Park Loop in search of shore treasures. Discover shells, sea glass, colorful rocks, crabs, and even some small sea urchins and anemones.

July 19 – Wander Walk at Northern State: Hike to each wander walk sign to perform a fun nature activity. All signs are in both English and Spanish.

July 26 – Bird Watching at Padilla Bay Shore Trail: Use our binoculars to spot the many ducks, swallows, blue herons, and eagles roaming the estuary. If it is during low tide, the mudflats become exposed, and we may be able to spot small crabs and other invertebrates.

Family Treks Registration & Resources

Please register for your FREE Family Treks below. 

Register for Family Treks Here

We encourage you to check out our gear lending library with many items you can use during these outings free of charge. View the items available in the catalog to the right and complete the gear request form below.

Request Gear

Adults must complete a consent form to participate. We will provide consent forms for you at the start of the walk, but if you would like to print and fill out the form in advance, then bring it with you to the walk, please click here.

View our Gear Lending Library