Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a beautiful 723-acre wildlife park in Eatonville, Washington, just over an hour south of Seattle by car. The park can be explored in three ways: by tram, by walking tour, and by nature trail, which means that you can choose the option that best fits your family's needs.
If your kids love animals then they'll be over the moon when you take them to visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. It is home to dozens of fascinating species, including black bears, wolves, bobcats, river otters, bald eagles, and cougars that they can see living in the wild.
Things to Do
- If you're visiting with small children, take the Discovery Tram Tour. As you ride the tram, you'll learn all about animals like moose, deer, American bison, and mountain goats from your naturalist guide as you pass them by.
- Do the park's walking trail, where you can see even more animals in a zoo-like setting. Children of all ages will be delighted to see red foxes, lynx, wolverines, snowy owls, and many other species.
- Explore the park by hiking along one of its many nature trails. There are signs with maps marking your current location all along the trails, which allows you to have fun without having to carry a map.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Insider Tips
- Try one of the park's special programs designed to provide visitors with unique experiences. Programs include the two-hour Elk Bugling Tour where kids can learn to listen for elk calls and Family Camp, which involves spending the weekend doing nature activities, camping, and eating s'mores. Check here for more information.
- Go on a fun-filled family quest! The park provides two different quest booklets depending on the trail you choose which provide visitors of all ages with clue-filled adventures to help them uncover more about the natural world surrounding them.
- Don't miss the Cheney Family Discovery Center, an interactive center where children can touch fur pelts, use puppets to learn about animal behavior, and have close encounters with animals like salamanders, snakes and toads.