Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Discovery Park

Exploring Nature in Local Parks at the Wolf Tree Nature Trail in Discovery Park

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft

 Meet at the far right corner of the North Parking Lot in Discovery Park near the Wolf Tree Nature Trail @ 5:30PM. On the Google Map for this route/place,  this area is the grey rectangle at Scheuerman Creek (not the red  balloon). We will start punctually at 530 to finish by dark, and we'll walk the trail in all but extreme weather.   Enter the park on W. Government Way at 36th Ave W. This becomes Discovery Park Blvd within the park, and as you bear right through the park past the Environmental Learning Center and cemetery, it becomes Illinois Ave. Continue to bear right up a hill to a bus turnaround and find the large parking lot on your left.

Wolf Tree Nature Trail was planted in native plants by a Seattle Parks Department Volunteer, and was formerly a barracks area in Ft. Lawton until the mid-50's when the barracks were torn down. The trail is sheltered by trees,and has some wooden stairs and boardwalks over boggy areas which are sometimes slippery when wet. It has some gentle ups and downs and it can be muddy. You will want good footwear and may want to have a hiking pole along as well as rain gear.    This field trip will last two to three hours and end by dark.  It will take place in whatever weather (barring tornadoes) arrives.  It will give you the chance to practice using your field guide to identify birds, flowers and ferns as well as other plants and animals of the Coastal Forest Life Zone. After this field trip you may identify these species and more:

1. Nettle
2. Common Sword Fern
3. Cascade Oregon-Grape
4. Salmonberry
5. Skunk Cabbage
6. Western Bleeding Heart
7. Deer Fern

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Guide book, binoculars if you have them, good footwear, a rain jacket.

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