Nature Exploration at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge in Olympia, Wash.
Back in 1974, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge was founded as a place to focus on the wild species living in the area. In 2009, the refuge was restored in the biggest estuary restoration project in Pacific Northwest history. The freshwater of the Nisqually River and saltwater of Puget Sound combine to create a nutrient-rich sanctuary. The above photo features a sweet frog relaxing in the marsh (just his head, found in between the two piles of branches). Little guys like him were everywhere! Aren't they cute?
No matter which season you visit, there's always a beautiful sight. You'll find over 200 species of birds as well as mammals, amphibians and reptiles, fish and some endangered species.
Visitors pay a daily $3 entrance fee per every 4 adults, helping to support the refuge's efforts. Children 16 and under enter for free.
Don't forget to stop by the gift shop and visitor center after your trek--some of the nicest ladies you'll ever meet can be found at the front desk. The shop provides neat souvenir items, as well as educational toys and materials. I'm still awaiting notification on the warm, fuzzy half-zip sweatshirt I ordered (they sold out in my size and color).
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