Category Archives: Foundation News

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


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


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