Brother's in the Olympics
The prominent peaks of the Brother's in the Olympics
The world is full of the promise of adventure, exploration and discovery. From high mountain peaks to lush forests and broad open oceans, people are always looking and finding new ways to connect to nature in exciting adventurous ways.

For some people, these outdoor experiences are grand and deliberate, seemingly epic and beyond what any of us can even imagine.

For others, there is a need to get to know what the region has to offer through organized outings, clubs, city and regional programs.

We are fortunate that here in the Pacific Northwest there are many organizations and programs that provide opportunities to connect with nature in meaningful ways.

Join Us at a Seattle Be Out There Event April 7th

On April 7, 2012, through the support of National Wildlife Federation’s national and regional partners, the Pacific Regional Center is presenting a Be Out There event at Lake Union Park. This is a free, family friendly event where partners and area youth service organizations will introduce participants to the Pacific Northwest’s regional wonders, resources and opportunities for connecting kids and families with nature.

Photo credit: Erinn J. Hale


What: “Be Out There, Explore, Learn Grow” a family-friendly event hosted by NWF’s Pacific Regional Center
When:  April 7th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seattle’s Lake Union Park,
860 Terry Avenue North
Cost: Free!

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During this exciting event a keystone partner, OAR Northwest, an adventure ocean rowing and education organization, will begin its Salish Expedition, title sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. At 1 p.m. the OAR Northwest crew will launch the specialized ocean rowboat from the park’s pebble beach, row across Lake Union and through the Ballard locks to begin the inspiring circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. Using pioneering satellite communications to deliver LIVE streaming video from the rowboat while underway, OAR Northwest connects families, students and classrooms to the extraordinary craft.

A Gaff-Rigged Schooner built in 1926
A “Get to Know” scavenger hunt will lead participants to nature activities at partner booths, model boats on the boat pond, and marine art on the deck of the historic schooner Lavengro.

Boating and sailing activities at The Center for Wooden Boats will make this fun for the whole family!

This event also serves as the launch of the Robert Bateman Get To Know Art Contest which seeks to engage children in getting outdoors and building meaningful personal connections with nature through the expressive arts. Categories for the contest include original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature and is open to youth up to age 19.

Want to volunteer for the event? Contact me, Cathy Curley, at for more information!

The National Wildlife Federation is dedicated to inspiring families and individuals to get outside and connect with nature. The world is full of adventure and wonder to discover, but you don’t have to row around Vancouver Island to have an adventure. Inspiration, fun and discovery can be found as close as your own back yard. Please join us, Be Out There and get inspired!