Nisqually Wildlife Preserve is a huge national water, marsh, bird refuge with open sky, vistas, barns, platforms and trails. Tons of painting opportunities abound. The Refuge is opened from sun up to sunset.
Refuge Fee: There is a $3.00 charge (4 adults, carload) for the day visit or a National Park Pass.
Lunch plans: We recommend that you bring your own lunch and beverages and meet on the Observation deck of the Visitor’s Center noon to 1:00 PM. There are benches or bring your own stool or camp chair. You may like to bring some HOT liquids. Sometimes people get spread out but there is usually several people meeting there for lunch. If you don't have a lunch there is Tavern/Restaurant across I-5. Groceries: Minimal
End of day Plan: We will meet at the Nisqually Tavern on the other side of I-5 from the Preserve. Any further end of the day plans to meet will be discussed during the lunch meeting around 1 PM or at 4:30 PM back at the Observation deck of the Visitor's center where we can gather for an "End of Day Show and Tell".
Clothing & camera: It can get chilly at the Wildlife Refuge even on a bright sunny day, so please bring layers and possibly a hat and gloves. You may even want to throw in a cushion to sit on or folding chair. Short spurts, drizzle or rain is always a possibility in the NW. There is a covered area if needed. Don't forget your camera etc. You may enjoy binoculars and a bird book.
Note: Pets are prohibited. And the refuge is not a park so sports such as jogging, bicycling, frisbee throwing and kite flying are not permitted.