Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Explore nature and nocturnal animal adaptations with your family or group at Night Walks at Mercer Slough.

Guided Nature Walks

Explore Mercer Slough and learn about ecosystems in our local backyard through night walks, nature journaling, edible plant identification, birding, Bellevue history and more! Groups of 10 or more can reserve their own private Guided Nature Walk.

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Register for a Guided Nature Walk

Reserve your family or group’s spots for one of our upcoming Guided Nature Walks!
For questions, call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

Program Details

  • Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Ages: Families and groups with children ages 6 and up
  • Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable. We reserve the right to cancel a session if enrollment is insufficient and will contact registrant for a full refund. We will notify registrant at least 48 hours prior to the event start time.

New! Summer Hike Series

June 22: Intro to Plant Identification 
Are you curious about the common plants of the PNW and how to identify them on your own? Join us to explore a plethora of Plant Identification books, and learn how to use them. Then, step outside to put your skills into practice with a nature guide teaching personal tips and tricks to remember the local PNW flora. The hike is about two miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way.

June 29: Nature Journaling – June Observations
Explore the natural world through a combination of drawing, writing and scientific recording. With a guided hike through the wetland, learn about native plants and botanical drawing techniques. The hike is about two miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way.

July 13: Nature Journaling – July Observations
Explore the natural world through a combination of drawing, writing and scientific recording. With a guided hike through the wetland, learn about native plants and botanical drawing techniques. The hike is about two miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way.

July 27: Edible Plants
Join us for a walk around the wetland in peak berry season! We will show you the difference between the three common blackberry plants, introduce you to salmonberry, and share with you some plants that you maybe didn’t even know could be eaten! Of course we will also point out the Snowberries and other such dangerous edibles, because nature isn’t made up of all Blueberries and Labrador Tea. The hike is about two miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way.

August 10: Nature Journaling – August Observations
Explore the natural world through a combination of drawing, writing and scientific recording. With a guided hike through the wetland, learn about native plants and botanical drawing techniques. The hike is about two miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way.

August 24: Ethnobotany
Learn how the land was shaped and used by the indigenous peoples of the Lake Washington shoreline. Then, grab a Plant Identification book and head out into the wetland to bring the plants to life with stories and uses of the local PNW flora. Bring your wetland, closed toed footwear and your open mind ready to learn! The hike is about two miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way.

Interested in a private Night Walk?

Groups of 10 or more can reserve a private Night Walk through early June! Call (206) 443-2925 to plan your evening at Mercer Slough.

 

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

 

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