Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Day Hike - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

A family hike to view a fabulous array of migrating birds that are easy to see. Previous trips have included a view of a mother owl with her babies. We expect to see plenty of noisy and beautiful birds. This is a good trip for kids of all ages.

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  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 1.5 mi
  • Pace: Slow

Meet at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge under the covered area between the bathrooms and the giftshop at 1pm. We will be leaving promptly at 1:15pm. Remember to bring $3 per car for parking or any version of the America the Beautiful pass.

Please note that this is a family hike for families of all ages including strollers. Adults are welcome, but preference is given to families for this activity. Bring your own binoculars or bird books if you like, but the leaders will have some to share for both adults and kids. The leaders will provide a surprise treat and hot beverage. We are going to be doing the inner loop and part of the dike if the birds entice us to go there.


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Adults and children over age four should bring a backpack with waist straps, preferred. Minimum for kids will include ID, water, and spare clothes/layers. Adults should bring water, a family first aid kid, snacks, and spare clothes. Maps will be provided. 

Raingear or ponchos are essential, umbrellas are okay but not in place of rain gear. Rain hats and umbrellas are often useful when using guide books in the rain. Wear good walking shoes that will keep your feet warm and dry. Hats, gloves, and warm socks strongly recommended depending on temperature. Bring your best camera for bird photo ops. 

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