All posts by John Floberg

Communities Across Washington Enjoy Arts in the Parks 2018

Folk and Traditional Arts Program Continues to Foster Old Traditions while Facilitating New Celebrations with New Director Makaela Kroin Celebrating diversity, increasing access, and expanding the narrative are all big concepts that may be easier said than done. But Makaela Kroin knows what she’s doing. She came to state parks in January, 2018 with years of experience in public folklore… Read More

Announcing the 2018 Park Improvement Project grants!

Thanks to you, we’ve been able to fund twice as many Park Improvement Projects as last year, with 20 amazing new projects across the state.  These projects will bring improvements to your favorite parks in 2018. In the face of ever-diminishing governmental support for our extraordinary collection of State Parks, the little things often get cut from the… Read More

Veterans Take on Restoring the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

This spring, in a brand new collaboration, veterans in Eastern Washington will have new opportunities on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Since 2005, the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) has engaged in projects that connect restoration work with ecotherapy throughout Washington State, but veterans in Eastern Washington could benefit from further opportunities. In a new collaboration between the Washington… Read More

Annual Mount Spokane Loppet Celebrates the Close of the 2018 Snow Season

Join the Spokane Nordic Ski Association on Sunday, March 11, 2018 for the annual Spokane Nordic Challenge Unlike Mount Spokane’s annual 38-years-running 10 km Langlauf (German for “cross country skiing”), held each February, the Loppet (from Norwegian løpet, “ski marathon”) is an event characterized by long trails for cross country skiers. Participants in the Loppet may… Read More

Winter’s Not Over Yet (and That’s a Good Thing) – 9 tips to get outside

Whether you’re ready for the snow or prefer to stick to those lower elevations, Washington State Parks are host to a varied array of adventures to brighten your winter.  A good snowpack can activate countless winter activities. Remember to check avalanche conditions, be winter-driving ready, bring food and water and get your Sno-Park Permit. Click… Read More

To Ski or to Skijor – State Parks offerings for skiing with the dogs

Skijoring is an ancient form of transportation originating in Scandinavia. Etymologically, it comes from the Norwegian ski, ski, and kjøring, driving. Skijoring involves a human on cross country skis and one to two dogs, or a horse. While skijoring by horse hasn’t yet caught on in our state parks, skijoring is increasingly enjoyed on Washington’s… Read More

Let’s Go Clamming!

Don your wool socks, grab your shovels, and get to the beach. Razor clam season is officially open for business from January 28 through February 3, with promise for many further openings this winter. Washington’s state parks with clamming potential include Pacific Beach, Griffiths-Priday, Ocean City, Westhaven, Westport Light, Twin Harbors, Grayland Beach, Leadbetter Point, Pacific… Read More

Park Improvement Highlight: The Jackson House

Thanks in part to community support, one of our original state parks undergoes an historic restoration. Each of Washington’s State Parks boasts a rich, unique history, and the Jackson House State Park Heritage Site is no exception. The park was one of two first acquisitions (along with Larrabee State Park) back in 1915 by the newly formed Board of Park… Read More

Second Annual Get Outdoors Expo

Get Outdoors — Adventure Awaits! The second annual “Get Outdoors Adventure Awaits” Expo will feature outdoor gear demos, environmental educators, food trucks, live bands, gear giveaways, kids’ activities, photo ops with parks mascots, and much more. The Expo will kick off at 11:00am with a short program from elected officials, outdoor leaders and our sponsors. When:… Read More