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Tacoma Nature Center

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1919 S.Tyler St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-591-6439



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  • Last updated Jan-26-11

    The Tacoma Nature Center is a 71-acre nature preserve encompassing Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest. Stroll nature trails to experience native birds, animals, and plants. Join in exciting nature programs and summer day camps. Find adventure in Discovery Pond, our new nature-themed play area designed for active family play and exploration. Learn about natural yard care and purchase native plants May through October. Don't forgot to stop in and visit our live small animal exhibits and Gift Shop! Please ask about Homeschool Science Programs, Scout adventures, Nurture in Nature Preschool, Field Trips, Birthday Parties, Auditorium Rentals, and more!

    Hours of operation:

    • Sunday----
    • Monday8:00 am5:00 pm
    • Tuesday8:00 am5:00 pm
    • Wednesday8:00 am5:00 pm
    • Thursday8:00 am5:00 pm
    • Friday8:00 am5:00 pm
    • Saturday10:00 am4:00 pm

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    NatureLover (Guest) says (Jan-26-11)

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    This is a great park to explore, learn about nature, and get a breath of fresh air. The trails are beautiful and you can usually catch a couple glances of the local wildlife (birds, turtles, small mammals, etc). Don't worry about snakes! Snake Lake is named so because of it's serpentine shape! Inside, you can find small local animals to view, kids can put on local wildlife costumes, and they can play on a nature themed play area outside. If you want to experience nature in the heart of the city, this is the place to be!
    **Please note that dogs and bikes are not allowed on the trails or in Discovey Pond Park.**

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    Habitat Restoration Work

    All ages welcome, free
    Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty. Work parties occur rain or shine!

    Children must be accompanied by adults.

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