Seward Park Natural History From Bedrock to Eagles

Seattle, Washington

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If you’d like a crash course in Seattle’s natural history, Seward Park is an outdoor classroom well suited to your studies. Pick up a trail map at the nature center and venture beyond the perimeter loop trail into the lesser-known heart of the park. Here in springtime trilliums stretch for light among towering old-growth firs, screech owls vie with hairy woodpeckers for nest sites, and mountain beavers dig their secret tunnels. The park’s 270 acres boast the largest stand of old-growth Douglas firs, cedars, and bigleaf maples in the city, as well as healthy stands of hemlock and madrone. Make a point to visit the oldest Douglas fir in Seattle located on Trail 1. Seward is also home to hundreds of wild native plants, including one of the city’s only patches of poison oak, which has been erroneously attributed with “itching away” the axes of early loggers.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

If you’d like a crash course in Seattle’s natural history, Seward Park is an outdoor classroom well suited to your studies. Pick up a trail map at the nature center and venture beyond the perimeter loop trail into the lesser-known heart of the park. Here in springtime trilliums stretch for light among towering old-growth firs, screech owls vie with hairy woodpeckers for nest sites, and mountain beavers dig their secret tunnels.

The park’s 270 acres boast the largest stand of old-growth Douglas firs, cedars, and bigleaf maples in the city, as well as healthy stands of hemlock and madrone. Make a point to visit the oldest Douglas fir in Seattle located on Trail 1. Seward is also home to hundreds of wild native plants, including one of the city’s only patches of poison oak, which has been erroneously attributed with “itching away” the axes of early loggers.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Seward Park Natural History: From Bedrock to Eagles

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11/7/2004
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I hiked the interior trails and explored the shoreline of this peninsula yesterday with my 5-year-old. He had a blast and we hiked up and down the hills enough to really poop him out (he slept great last night). This eTrail covers many fascinating facts about the natural world in the park, which gives you a lot to talk about with kids.



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