Outdoors

Grant will help kids explore Olympic National Park

Rialto Beach will be one destination for children participating in an Active Trail program at Olympic National Park, thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation.
Rialto Beach will be one destination for children participating in an Active Trail program at Olympic National Park, thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation. Staff file, 2010

A grant from the National Park Foundation will allow Olympic National Park to offer a series of weekly adventures for boys and girls attending summer programs at the Carroll C. Kendall and Mount Angeles units of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

During the summer, rangers will lead boys and girls to different areas of the park to experience an “Adventure in Your Big Backyard.” Among the scheduled activities are a hike to Hurricane Hill, canoeing on Lake Crescent, swimming in the hot pools at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and exploring the Pacific coast at Rialto Beach.

The grant of almost $17,500 was split between the park, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and NatureBridge.

The grant came from the foundation’s Active Trails program, now in its seventh year. The program is designed to support healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect and/or create land and water trails.

This year, grants went to almost 30 parks nationwide, including Grand Teton National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Since 2008, the foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million through the program. As of 2014, Active Trails has engaged more than 11,000 volunteers and 579 project partners who combined have contributed more than 60,000 hours to help promote, refurbish or build national park trails, according to a news release.

ASIAN CULTURAL CELEBRATION

Saltwater State Park will host the second Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration on Saturday.

Visitors will be able to celebrate with members of the South Sound Cambodian, Indian, Laotian, Thai and Japanese communities. There will be performances of traditional music and dance, children’s activities and food.

Among the artists scheduled to perform are:

▪ Bong Lang Ruam Jai Band, music of Thailand.

▪ Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest, music of Cambodia.

▪ Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troup, music of Laos.

▪ India South Sound Association, music of India.

▪ River Ridge Taiko Ensemble, music of Japan.

The free event will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the park, 25205 Eighth Place S., Des Moines. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

The park is halfway between Tacoma and Seattle, and features 1,445 feet of shoreline on Puget Sound, an artificial reef for diving and 47 campsites.

The celebration is presented by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program and Northwest Heritage Resources. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, go to parks.wa.gov/calendar.aspx.

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