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Trams & Trails

Discovery Tram Tours

Meet a moose. Be awed by bison. Eyeball an elk.

Our Discovery Tram Tour is a unique way to see wildlife, taking you through 435 acres of stunning meadows and forests to come eye-to-eye with our free-roaming herds of Roosevelt elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and more.

A friendly naturalist narrates each 40-minute tour, and every season offers something new. Tours are free with admission or membership.

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Animal Walking Tours

Walk along a paved path through the forest and see large predators like bears, wolves, cougars, birds and other native forest animals, all living in natural habitats. Watch smaller forest and wetland creatures like beavers, otters and fishers swimming in their pools or keeping cozy in their dens. And keep your eyes peeled for fairy houses…

The trail is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent at the main office at the entrance

Porcupine and people
Animal Trailside Encounters

See animals up close and talk to an animal keeper about how that species lives in the wild, what it eats and more. It’s a perfect opportunity to get to know our animals and ask questions.

Presentations happen daily at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm – check the board just inside the gate for what’s on!

Times are subject to change (and animal needs) from October through May.

Cheney Family Discovery Center

Discover Washington’s wildlife here! Use puppets to imitate animal behavior, watch a snake slither, or touch a fur pelts (activities can vary). Meet Northwest Trek’s smaller residents: red-legged frog, gopher snake, Western toad, banana slug, newt and rubber boa.

Hands-on activities abound! Adults can help children discover the natural world at their own pace, with naturalists on hand to answer questions and offer take-home activities. Explore Cheney creatures here.

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E. H. Baker Cabin

Step inside this cozy forest cabin to get an up-close look at our wolf pack and learn more about how you can do science every day.

Feel the softness of a real pelt, talk to our naturalist or climb into the tunnel to get nose-to-nose with a gray wolf! (Activities vary.)

The cabin is also a great place to warm up on a misty Northwest day.

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Nature Trails

Experience the beautiful Northwest forest scenery on five miles of newly-enhanced paved and primitive trails, free with park admission. And you won’t need a map: Just follow our series of “you are here” signs along the Nature Trail.

Embark On A “Quest!”

What’s a Northwest Trek Quest? It’s a fun learning adventure for all ages that uses clues and hints to help you discover the natural world around you. Choose from two Quests: one on the paved Nature Trail loop and the other on the Predator Loop (bears/canines/cats). Pick up your Quest booklet at the beginning of the Nature Trail or the Tram Tour Station.

Trek Fairy Trail

Tiny houses. Airy swings. Turn right at the fairy signpost, just along the trail past the Zip Wild entrance, and keep watch for our “fairy houses” nestled under ferns and on tree trunks. They’re all tiny, so look down – and be patient! You’ll be rewarded by a totally different view of the forest.

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