Park receives $10,000 for summer program

Mount Rainier National Park has received $10,000 from Washington’s National Park Fund and the McKibben Merner Family Foundation for its summer camp program. The program, “Camping Adventures with My Parents,” is fully funded for 2010, said Kevin Bacher, who runs the program.

The park began the program last summer, bringing 75 people in 21 families for a three-day camping adventure during three weekends. The idea was to introduce families who had little outdoors experience to the park, camping, hiking, campfire songs and volunteering

The park partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Student Conservation Association last year.

This year, the program will offer five camping trips, beginning in late June. Bacher said he hopes to expand the reach beyond Seattle to include Tacoma and Olympia.

 • Washington’s National Park Fund is planning a celebration in April to benefit the three national parks in the state. The event is scheduled for April 23 at The Mountaineers headquarters in Seattle.

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a selection of wines, ales and ciders. Tickets are $100 per person ($70 is a tax-deductible contribution).

Visit to purchase tickets or learn more.

 • It seems like Paradise has had some of the best snow for playing this winter. To better time your next trip, the University of Washington’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences provides updates on Mount Rainier recreational forecast at 4uvG0.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, staff writer