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Auburn Environmental Park: a popular outdoor classroom

Carol Schulz, far left, of the Rainier Audubon Society, gives a field presentation about bird watching to Highline Community College zoology students at the Auburn Environmental Park on May 31 as instructor Charlene Poggensee, second from the left, looks on.  - Courtesy photo/Chris Andersen, City of Auburn
Carol Schulz, far left, of the Rainier Audubon Society, gives a field presentation about bird watching to Highline Community College zoology students at the Auburn Environmental Park on May 31 as instructor Charlene Poggensee, second from the left, looks on.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Chris Andersen, City of Auburn

For the Reporter

The Auburn Environmental Park recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its most recent addition – the Wetland Trail Boardwalk.

The boardwalk opened to the public last April. The 1,200-foot-long elevated wooden structure has observation areas and interpretive signs that provide visitors with a unique opportunity to walk through and learn about a portion of the large wetland complex that exists throughout most of the 200-acre park.

The boardwalk complements a three-platform wildlife observation tower that was constructed in 2009.

As awareness of the new facilities at the park has spread, the number of visitors each month has steadily grown.

The park is also being increasingly used by post-secondary science classes, including classes from Green River and Highline community colleges.

The main entrance to the park is at 413 Western Ave. NW, Auburn. The park is open to the public year round, from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

For more information, contact Environmental Services Manager Chris Andersen at 253-876-1962 or candersen@auburnwa.gov.

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