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Science and Nature
Party with Nature at NW Trek
CostUp to four children (age 12 and under) free with paying adult (adult admission $16.25-$19.75)
Age RecommendationAll ages
There’s no better way to close out the year than spending it with nature in a glorious 735-acre setting populated by American bison, Roosevelt elk, bighorn sheep, deer, mountain goats, coyotes, wolves, foxes, Canada lynx, bobcats, bears, beavers, owls, fishers, river otters and one adorable moose calf named Willow. Plus dozens of other native Northwest animals. 10: Nature is calling, and what better place to spend the last day of the year than in the great outdoors?. 9: Zero percent chance of rain, 100 percent chance of amazing animal sightings. 8: Yes, it might be chilly, but our tours through the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area are aboard comfortable, heated trams. 7: Bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves and other animals are wearing their stunning winter coats. And it’s pretty cool to see their breath steaming in the winter air. 6: Indulge in hot cocoa and tasty treats at the Forest Cafe, stop by the indoor Cheney Family Discovery Center to learn how animals acclimate to winter, meet animals up close during Trailside Encounters, and more. 5: Visit the Cheney Discovery Center, an interactive fun and educational stop for children of all ages. The center is filled with things to discover about nature and wildlife! Use puppets to imitate animal behavior, watch a snake slither, or touch one of the many fur pelts of Pacific Northwest animals. Several of Northwest Trek's smaller residents live in the center 4: Listen for wolves howling. Spot a Canada lynx and see just how large those “snowshoe” feet are. Find endless natural entertainment in watching river otters twist and turn and swirl around in their home or in seeing raccoons, beavers and other small animals in natural habitat. 3: Did we mention adorable? Willow the moose calf is just 5 months old. And chances are great of spotting her and her mom, Connie, from that aforementioned heated tram as you ride through the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area. 2: Visiting Northwest Trek is a great family outing – and as a special Thank You to our visitors during our 40th anniversary year – up to four kids 12 and younger get in free with each paying adult. But hurry, the offer goes away at close of business on Dec. 31. 1: You know you want to – and those New Year’s Eve parties don’t start until after dark. That leaves plenty of daylight for animal encounters you’ll remember for years to come.