May the slime be with you.
It's the most unusual Northwest Festival ever - a celebration of slugs. Take a tentacled tram, make your own tentacles and slide down a soapy track to victory in our Human Slug Race! Meet critters up close at Trailside Encounters, take selfies as a flower and find our giant slug statue to play on.
Find as many slugs as you can in the Slug Tank.
Or follow the story on our Snail Trail and appreciate nature at a slower pace.
- Human Slug Races: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm (register 15 mins prior). 5 heats in each age division: 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-17 years and 18+.
- 11:30am, 1:30pm: Slug Keeper Talks
- Slug Tots: Play with bubbles, make slime trail art, sculpt a mollusk masterpiece, and explore what can be found in the ground...
- Vermicomposting: Help us celebrate another slimy decomposer - the worm! Learn about how they help forests and gardens, and how to set up your own worm composting bin.
- Forest Cafe: Order slug chips with slime on the side (fried pickles with dipping sauce). Yum!
Why do we have this zaniest of festivals? Well, if you've ever hiked a Northwest forest, you'll know our slugs are among the biggest and best - especially the yellow-green banana slug. But they're also vital to our ecosystem, breaking down organic matter and returning it to the forest floor, where it becomes food for our beautiful plants and trees. Long live slugs!