Nature Walk & Talk

Bring your camera, a sack lunch, and your love of nature to join other women in walking excursions! Most nature walks will be at a moderate pace and focus on pausing to enjoy the beauty around us.

Some of these will be scheduled on Sunday afternoons after church from around 12:30 - 4:30 PM, and others will be scheduled on Saturdays. We will meet in the church parking lot and carpool in private cars. 

If you are interested, please use the sign up form on the right and our Nature Walk & Talk leader will be in contact with you! 

* Since nature walks are weather dependent, we will notify people of any cancellations through a group email or phone call.

Below is a list of possible walks with a description of what we would take that are within 45 minutes to

1 1/2 hrs away.

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  • Lunch at Lake Quinault

    We could lunch at Lake Quinault and then on the way back, walk the nature trail at Gray's Harbor Wildlife Refuge, that is noted for an impressive number of shore birds during late April & early May

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  • Prairie Appreciation Day

    This is typically the Saturday before Mother's Day. The Glacial Preservation Area near Mima Mounds is open to the public only on this day, and it's a lovely walk through prairie habitat that usually has a beautiful display of Camas and other spring prairie flowers. Along the trails, people can visit displays under dining canopies where you can talk to bat experts, ethno-biology EXPERTS, birds experts, RECEIVE a seed ball of prairie seeds, & talk to REPRESENTATIVES from different agencies. 

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  • Tumwater Falls Park

    The salmon run usually happens in the fall, but is an enjoyable walk any time of the year.

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  • Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

    Located off exit 114, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge offers an Interpretative Center, full restrooms, & trails past wooded areas, open areas, ponds & a boardwalk over the Nisqually Estuary. People often see geese, eagles, owls, herons, turtles, & newts. There is a $3.00 fee per car. 

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  • Potlatch State Park

    About 1 HR 15 min away is Potlatch situated on the shores of Hood Canal, with easy beach walking. Full restrooms, picnic tables, and parking. There are other trails near Lake Cushman & at the campgrounds near by. This is also a convenient spot for kayak launching. State Discovery Pass is required for each car. 

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  • Lake Sylvia

    Just minutes from Montesano, Lake Sylvia offers a variety of trails with several that are dry even in spring weather. Besides camping, there are picnic spots, a fishing dock, kayak rentals when in season, restrooms, and a small store. Usually geese and a variety of ducks can be spotted on the lake. This small lake prohibits motorized boats, so it PARTICULARLY relaxing for kayakers. State Discovery Pass is required for each car. 

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