All posts by Lisa Bellefond

Herstory: Esther Stark Maltby president of Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs

We are celebrating the roles of women in protecting, restoring and donating Washington State parklands and historic sites that they donated for future generations – places for you and me. In this story, we celebrate Esther Stark Maltby, 16th president of Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs (WSFWC and now named General Federation of Women’s Clubs).… Read More


Park Improvement Project grants are awarded to 20 State Parks

Through the generosity of our donors Washington State Parks Foundation provided awards to 20 state parks that requested support. Tap on photos below to learn about grants for projects that are under way. Conconully – Interpretive Cabin Restoration: $2500 Deception Pass – play ground slide replacement: $2500 Ft Flagler – Interpretive Trail: $2500 Goldendale Observatory – Upgrade Dome… Read More


Veterans get to experience work at state parks through VCC Park Champions program

More veterans are learning and practicing jib skills as part of the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) Park Champions Program. With more support from the legislature and private donors, we have expanded pilot programs to provide opportunities for veterans to restore the Palouse to Cascades Trail, Columbia Plateau Trail and Blue Mountain Region state parks in Eastern Washington. The… Read More



Parks Champions: Military veterans restoring the Palouse to Cascades Trail

In a brand new collaboration, veterans in Eastern Washington have new opportunities on the Palouse to Cascades 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 are benefiting from further opportunities. In a new collaboration between the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA),… Read More


Military veterans restoring the Palouse to Cascades Trail

With your support veterans in Eastern Washington have new opportunities on the Palouse to Cascades 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 are benefiting from further opportunities. In a new collaboration between the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Washington State Parks… Read More


Spring inspirations for your next weekend excursion

Spring is upon us and its time to migrate over to your favorite state park to get in touch with the natural world.  The gray whale migration season has started and you can also see transient and Southern Resident orcas along Puget Sound’s inland waters. Whidbey Island’s Deception Pass, South Whidbey and Fort Ebey State Parks offer good land-based viewing points where you might… Read More


We Celebrate the Passage of the State Capital Budget for Parks Projects

Big thanks go out to our donors for supporting our advocacy work and for their individual outreach to public officials! We are pleased to report that the legislature passed a capital budget that Governor Inslee has signed and which will provide over $53M for state parks construction and improvement projects across the state. We appreciate… Read More