The outdoors fits into everyone’s life in unique and personal ways, and we here at WDFW want to foster connections with and appreciation of nature and all forms of outdoor recreation through our Life Outdoors resources.
To accomplish this, we’re posting informative blogs each month on a variety of topics to help you and your loved ones find new and exciting ways to get out there.
This month’s articles focus on WDFW lands with ADA-accessible facilities and celebrating National Public Lands Day.
Making the outdoors accessible to all
WDFW is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy a Life Outdoors. We actively manage more than one million acres of publicly owned land and more than 500 water access areas across the state that offer a variety of facilities that are accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Whether you’re looking for fishing, hunting, or wildlife viewing opportunities, our website offers many tools to find ADA-accessible facilities to enjoy the outdoors. WDFW-managed lands with ADA facilities include water access areas and wildlife areas. Our website also has a list of fishing piers that you can filter by county and availability of ADA-accessible facilities.
Find out more by reading the blog:
Hiking in the Royal Basin of the Olympic Mountains. (Naomi Gross)
National Public Lands Day
Any time is the right time to honor your public lands, but September holds a special opportunity to show appreciation for this invaluable resource by taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
The occasion is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, according to its organizer, the National Environmental Education Foundation. Started in 1994, this celebration sees thousands of volunteers help restore and improve public lands around the nation.
NPLD is also a “fee-free day” when a Discover Pass is not needed on lands managed by WDFW, State Parks, or the state Department of Natural Resources. Federal land managers are also partners for this free day, meaning entrance fees are waived at national parks and other federal public lands in Washington.
A deer hunter enjoys the beautiful country and public land opportunity of WDFW’s Methow Wildlife Area in Okanogan County near Winthrop. (Kevin Puzey)
For more blog posts, the Weekender Report of monthly recreational opportunities in your area, links to state and federal lands to explore, and how to share photos of your adventures with us to win prizes in our Life Outdoors photo contest, visit the Life Outdoors webpage:
We hope to see you in the field and on the water enjoying the Life Outdoors!
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