Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Naturalist Trip - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to see a variety of birds and other wildlife There will be frequent stops and travel will be generally slow-paced.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10 ft
  • Pace: slow pace

We will meet at 8:00 am at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge at the visitor center.  The restrooms are open at the visitor center. A refuge entrance pass is required ($3.00 per car or national park pass).  Carpools are suggested (e.g. Green Lake/65th P&R, South Renton P&R) and an e-mail will be sent out a few days before the trip.

This trip will be more rewarding if participants bring binoculars and a spotting scope as well if you have one.  Also bring a bird book or a bird app (such as Merlin).  Bring rain gear.  Since we will be moving slowly and there may be a breeze as you leave forest trails and move out onto the estuary boardwalk, you may appreciate extra layers.  It is a very beautiful area!  Bring a lunch.

The optimum time range for tide levels on the estuary boardwalk to see shorebirds and waterfowl will be reviewed prior to the trip.


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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