Category Archives: Foundation News

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

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March 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. This week, we celebrate Esther Stark Maltby, 16th president of Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs… Read More


Skiing with Dogs: Learn to skijor with your best furry friend at Mount Spokane

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


Park Improvement Project grants are awarded to 20 State Parks

Through the generosity of our donors Washington State Parks Foundation provides awards to 20 state parks that requested support in 2018. Tap on photos below to learn about some recent grants and note the list for parks that will be improved for your visits next summer. Conconully – Interpretive Cabin Restoration: $2500 Deception Pass – play ground slide replacement:… Read More


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

Three veterans will mark this Veterans’ Day as part of the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) Park Champions Program. Two veterans focused their efforts on restoring the Palouse to Cascades Trail and Blue Mountain Region state parks in Eastern Washington, and one in Seattle working across the state as a volunteer coordinator and event specialist. 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


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


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