Family-Friendly Fun At Seward Park

Don’t let the weather fool you — January is a great time to get outdoors.

Many set New Year’s resolutions to exercise, clear their mind and enjoy the world around them. With these in mind, Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center invites the public to enjoy an entire month of outdoor activities for the whole family.

Trails & Tales | 10 — 11 a.m. | Wednesday, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25; Saturday, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 | This bi-weekly program introduces small children to nature with classroom story time, then leads them outside to explore the trails of Seward Park during an easy stroll. For ages 4-5; Admission is $2.

Birding Basics: 101 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. | Saturday, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 | Bring the kids for some lessons in expert bird-watching. The opening class is a beginner’s course, in which students learn how to identify common species and use binoculars. The following week, “Intermediate Birding: 201” will touch on natural history and birding by ear, as well as how to reduce one’s carbon footprint. The third week will feature a bird-banding presentation from Seattle Audubon’s Birdwatch Service Corps. The program will conclude with two events: the Family Bird Walk at 1 p.m., followed by the Owl Prowl Party & Walk at 5:30. Admission is $3 for children and $5 for participants ages 16 and older.

Ginormous Glaciers! Super Saturday | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 7 | During this day-long adventure, you’ll learn about the glaciers and ice that formed Seward Park, with the aid of fun games and crafts. For an outdoor glacier experience, come by Seward Park Audubon at 12 p.m. for “Searching for Glaciers,” a guided two-mile hike that will examine the soil, rocks and ecology that resulted from these moving blocks of ice. All morning activities are free and open to the public; admission for the guided hike is $3 for children and $5 for participants ages 16 and older.

Guided Nature Walk | 1 to 2:30 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 14 | Join naturalists for a casual hike through old growth forest to the edge of the Lake Washington. Flowers, trees, animals and fish will all be discussed — and with any luck, seen up-close. This is the perfect afternoon adventure for nature-lovers of any age (recommended for 5 years and older). This event is free to the public; please register online.

Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center | 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle | (206) 652-2444