Padilla Bay. Photo credit: Brian Holsclaw, flickr CC
Need a boost to get outside with your kids in the dark, drizzly days? Here to help are environmental learning centers 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 — both indoors and outdoors — that can spur families to learn about the nature around them: frog-finding walks, owl prowls, crafts and more.
As much as your intent is to get outdoors, sometimes it can be just as satisfying to assemble a pinecone bird feeder, knowing that soon you’ll be watching feathered neighbors enjoy your effort.