Washington state parks offer a wide variety of interpretive opportunities.
Connect with Washington's rich heritage — attend an interpretive program, take a nature hike or visit
a heritage site, and let the unknown become known.
Discover Washington's Heritage
Washington is rich in natural and human history. A few examples include its vast Native American heritage,
the journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition down the Snake and Columbia rivers in 1805, Northwest
Coastal Defense history from the Civil War era through World War II, evidence of huge Ice Age floods and
many more geological wonders. Learn more about Washington's heritage through virtual tours. As more virtual
tours are developed, they will be included here.
Ice Age floods in Washington
Lewis & Clark's journey through Washington
Captain Meriwether Lewis and his co-commander, William Clark, were appointed by President Thomas Jefferson
to explore the unknown Northwest Territory and find a navigable passage to the Pacific Ocean. The Expedition
left its 1803-1804 winter camp near St. Louis on May 14, 1804. They completed their journey to the Pacific
Ocean on Nov. 15, 1805.
Washington's Channeled Scabland is like no other place in the world. See for yourself how the largest floods
known to the planet shaped this extraordinary landscape and reshaped the Columbia River Gorge and beyond. By
car, bike, horse or foot, there are several Washington state parks that offer unique opportunities to explore
the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail in Washington.
Places to Go - Interpretive Centers
Several Washington state parks feature interpretive and visitor centers,
museums and many heritage sites that illustrate significant chapters of Washington's heritage. Learn more
about planning a trip to a Washington state park interpretive center or heritage site.
Things to Do - Interpretive Programs and Activities
Planning trip to a Washington state park? Many parks offer interpretive programs and activities to be enjoyed
by children and adults. Please see individual park pages for details, driving directions and other information.
Washington State Parks is responsible for the management of thousands of historic objects and photographs
that represent tangible links to Washington's diverse heritage. The management of collections requires
thoughtful decision making that ensures appropriate public access while protecting and preserving them
for future generations. Washington State Parks collections are maintained for use in interpretive displays,
research and publications. For more information regarding Washington State Parks collections, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.