NW Trek – Free for Kids ages 12 and Younger

This weekend is a great time to be going to NW Trek. See below!

Kids ‘n’ Critters

The annual Kids ‘n’ Critters event will take place during Presidents Day Weekend, Feb. 16 through 18. Up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every paying adult or senior. This year we are focusing all about trees! Special Kids ‘n’ Critters activities are free with admission all weekend and include tree-themed arts and crafts and trailside encounters.

Tram seating is limited to the first 1,500 visitors. All trams are 30-minute tours during Kids ‘n’ Critters. Offer not valid with other discounts or promotions. Good only for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. No special tickets necessary. No rain checks.

Learn all about the importance of trees with FREE activities.

The Crown: Learn about the tree’s crown and make a crown for yourself.

Products of a Tree: Come and learn the many different items made from trees that we use every day and make your own paper to take home.

Story Walk: Take a stroll on the beautifully paved nature trails and read the story of The Lorax as you meander among the trees.

Trees Please: Learn why trees important, what relationship they have with insects, why different trees grow in different places and much more!

The History Mystery: What was the spring weather like in 1950?  A tree could tell you….they are natures almanac. Come learn the history mystery that trees contain.

Planting 101: Come to the Backyard Habitat to learn all about trees and speak first-hand with our tree experts (Master Gardener and/or Horticulturist) from 2 pm -3 pm.

via Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Zip Line at NW Trek

The website says its fast, exhilirating, and challenging. I bet! Just the thought of careening down a line at 33feet per second, 55 feet in the air has my heart doing major palpitations! But, what an adventure, and local too!

This is definitely for the older kiddos, I would say ages 10 or 13 and above, but use your own judgement on how old your kids should be.  The website talks about a challenge course, a zip line and a high wire tight rope, none of which are for the faint of heart.

Zip Line and Challenge Course Regulations:

  • Reservations are required. If you require clarification on any details please call 360-832-7163 prior to making a reservation.
  • Reservations are limited to 15 participants in 60 minute blocks.
  • Minimum age is 10 years old. Proof of age, such as passport or birth certificate, may be requested for all children when checking in.
  • Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the length of the course.
  • Due to restriction on number of people per platform, we require 1 parent for a maximum of 2 children for each Zip Wild experience.
  • Minimum height for visitors is 4’7″
  • Max weight is 275 lbs
  • Fully enclosed and comfortable sporting or hiking shoes required

Pricing: $39.95 in addition to membership or admission to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. View more course details on our zip line reservation page.

Winter Volksmarch – NW Trek – UPDATED

Back on! Only a month late, but the event is back on.  The tram is nice, but the walk is amazing too.  

I love, love, love this event.  During this event, you get into NW Trek for FREE and receive a 1/2 priced tram ticket.  Volksmarch is a German custom where you get to go on measured walks through native scenery (urban or rural) and there are many clubs dedicated to the past-time.  (Click here for a list of clubs in Washington)

Having lived in Germany for a time, this is a great way to spend time with the family, and outdoors, and pretty cheap too!  Having done this walk many times, I recommend showing up at the beginning of the walk as tram rides fill up fast.  And when you have little ones, the last thing they want to do at the end of a long walk is to wait to ride a train!

March 3rd & 4th (Sat & Sun) from 9am-1pm – Click here for more event details!

Career Day at NW Trek

For people who are interested in working with animals as a career, NW Trek is offering up a career day on March 3rd.  This is a great way to job shadow, ask questions and decide if this is really what you want to do.  If you are a high school student or a college student and are truly serious about this type of career path, come with a list of questions.  As a professional myself, I know these opportunities do not come around very often.  It was only through specialized networking groups in college that I really had any idea that I might be interested in Accounting.  (Not many people in high school thought a career in accounting was all that sexy/interesting/exciting, so it wasn’t in the top 10 list.)

Ask questions to make sure that you are suited to this lifestyle:

  • Workdays (Zoos are open several days and usually on the weekends, don’t be shocked if you have to work a retail type schedule)
  • Career paths (Not everyone can work with the cute babies, someone has to fill out budget forms and clean up poo. What will you be doing when you reach the top of your game?)
  • Salary (If you are expected to start your career at a range of $25-30K per year, consider your educational path…make sure it is sensible.  You don’t want to borrow $75,ooo for a college degree only to have the re-payments take almost 1/2 of your monthly income.)
  • Move rate (People who work with animals, unless they have a local vet clinic might have to move around a lot or travel.  If you are the type of person who might not mind living in a jungle tracking an elusive species of animal or shuttling animals from place to place, then this might be a great fit.  On the other hand, if you like feeling grounded and surrounded by friends, then perhaps asking what types of jobs in this field allow that a bit more.

These are some of the types of questions that would come to mind.  Use the comment box below to add more.  For goodness sake, take advantage of a great opportunity before you commit yourself to a road less traveled.

Click the on-line registration form for Career Day
Contact Jessica at jessica.moore@nwtrek.org or call 360-832-7160 for more information.

  • Please register each person separately, even if attending in a group.
  • Underage siblings or unregistered guests are not allowed.
  • You are not registered until you receive a confirmation letter.
  • Please call prior to the event if you do not receive your confirmation letter

Kids and Critters at NW Trek


On February 18th, from 10-3pm, NWTrek is opening back up after the big snow and ice storm we had last month. This event is a great one and if you can pull off the drive the park is spectacular. Easy to walk with strollers and great animal experiences usually all day long, not to mention the team!

While it is supposed to rain on Sat, that is actually one of my favorite times to go to either Point Defiance or NWTrek. Let’s face it, if we waited for sun; we’d never go. So, put on a raincoat, your puddle stomping boots and look for the biggest puddles and have fun! (Just don’t forget a change of clothes for the ride home)

FREE admission for up to four children ages 3 to 12 with each adult or senior paying full admission. ($17/$15 Pierce County resident or Military) Special Kids ‘n’ Critters activities are free with admission all weekend and include nature-themed arts and crafts and trailside encounters with Northwest Trek’s smaller animals.

Tram seating is limited to the first 1,500 visitors. All trams are 30-minute tours. Offer not valid with other discounts or promotions. Good only for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. No special tickets necessary. No rain checks.