Get into the urban wild
Want a great spot to go exploring with kids this season? Here to help are environmental learning destinations and gardens that dot our region’s urban wildlands. Treasures such as Mercer Slough and Tacoma Nature Center offer quiet trails to explore on your own time as well as kid-friendly activities that can spur families to learn about the nature around them: frog-finding walks, owl prowls, log piles and more.
Note that the indoor facilities mentioned, such as visitor centers and education centers, remain closed, though will hopefully reopen in the coming months. But don't wait, these outdoor nature spots are well worth a visit even while their indoor facilities are temporarily closed.
Click the arrows above the image to page through all the great options.