Mini Mountaineers - Tacoma - 2023

Youth Program

Mini Mountaineers

The Mini Mountaineers is a community of families exploring together to inspire a love for the outdoors in the future stewards of our planet. Join your little one for nature-based activities and meet other families who love the outdoors!


Mini Mountaineers is designed to get kids ages 2-5 and an accompanying adult interacting with nature together, fostering the next generation of environmental stewards. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, friends...let us do the planning to get you and your little one outside together with fellow outdoorsy families!

Variety of Activities

Mini Mountaineers hosts 2 activities per month:

  • A weekend nature hike, where we listen for birds, splash in a creek, play in the sand, look for bugs,...and enjoy being surrounded by nature! 
  • An adventure activity, such as climbing night at the Program Center climbing wall, short hikes in the mountains, snowshoe outings, and more! All activities will be planned with little legs in mind! Friday nights or weekends.


Enrolling in this course allows you to register for any Mini Mountaineers events. There is no cost or obligation for the individual activities. You must, however, have a Family Membership or Guest Family Membership and complete the Family Programs Activity Form on your youth's profile in order to enroll.

Please register the youth participant(s) and adult chaperone(s) separately.

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Nature Walk (optional)
Clark's Creek Park
Sun, Mar 3, 2024
Registration closed Mar 1
1 participant
Point Defiance Park
Sun, Apr 7, 2024
Registration closes Apr 5
3 participants
4 chaperones
Wapato Park
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 3
3 participants on waitlist
Point Defiance Park
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
Registration closes May 31
2 participants
5 chaperones
Clark's Creek Park
Sun, Jul 7, 2024
Registration closes Jul 5
3 participants on waitlist
Point Defiance Park
Sun, Aug 4, 2024
Registration closes Aug 2
2 participants
5 chaperones
Adventure Activity (optional)
Boulder Garden Loop
Sun, Mar 17, 2024
Registration closes Mar 15
3 participants on waitlist
Swan Creek Park
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
3 participants on waitlist
Exit 38/Far Side Crags
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 17
3 participants on waitlist
Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)
Sat, Jun 22, 2024 -
Sun, Jun 23, 2024
Registration closes Jun 20
3 participants on waitlist
Cougar Rock Campground
Sat, Jul 20, 2024 -
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration closes Jul 18
1 participant
2 chaperones
Third Beach
Sat, Aug 17, 2024 -
Sun, Aug 18, 2024
Registration closes Aug 15
4 participants on waitlist
Required Equipment

The required equipment varies by trip, but generally speaking Mini Mountaineers  and their caregivers will need:

Comfortable shoes for hiking

Appropriate clothing to protect from the weather and elements


A medium-sized backpack

Water bottles

Food and snacks

1st aid kit

Whatever else your child needs to be happy and healthy

Program Materials

You must register for this program to see program materials.