1. Closeup of headstone in historic cemeteryFranklin Cemetery: Headstone of infant returned to State Parks

    June 1, 2023 - Read about the tragic theft of an infant's headstone from an old cemetery, its heroic return and what to do if you find a historic artifact.

  2. Becky Daniels author headshot. Woman in blue blouse with metal necklace.How a Washington State Parks park aide job led to a brilliant career

    April 19, 2023 - In 1986, UW college junior and Montesano native, Becky Daniels, took a summer park aide job at Lake Sylvia. Bringing a heart and spirit as big as her '80s hair, she worked two blissful summers before launching a career that led her back to State Parks. She became a manager and executive leader, and she shares her experience in this guest blog.

  3. A bride and groom sit in front of a rock background, in sepia tone.The nitty-gritty WA State Parks wedding planner

    April 12, 2023 - You've chosen your perfect Washington state park wedding location, and now the planning begins! Get tips and tools on booking, permits and ranger wisdom on how to make your dream day a dream come true.

  4. Sea Scouts group helping build a fence at Blake Island State Park Announcing the 2022 State Parks Volunteer Award Winners!

    April 7, 2023 - Washington State Parks volunteers regularly show their dedication by helping maintain our parks and by sharing their knowledge with park visitors as we work toward a common goal of protecting our state lands. We want to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and announce our 2022 award winners.

  5. Jean Catherine Greenlees with an old growth Doug Fir at the original Federation Forest State ParkThe women who dreamt of preservation

    March 24, 2023 - Jean Caithness Greenlees had a dream of preserving old growth forest and initiated an effort to preserve a tract of land for use as a park, which is known today as Federation Forest.

  6. A bride and groom stand with an older woman.Washington State Parks weddings: plan your dream day!

    March 15, 2023 - Wedding planning can be fun once you decide to hold your nuptials in a Washington state park. 

  7. Lake Sammamish (icon) Building a picnicker's paradise at Lake Sammamish State Park

    March 7, 2023 -  We’re excited to begin work on several improvements and upgrades that will help make Lake Samm's Sunset Beach an even better gathering place for years to come.  

  8. New WA State Parks logo with green backgroundNew Brand: An evolution takes shape

    Feb. 8, 2022 - When taking a look at our current logo and our visual identity, we realized it didn't represent the growth we have experienced as an agency or the adjusted brand strategy. So, we decided it was time for a change. 

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