Metro Parks Tacoma

  • Register
  • Discovery Pond

    Nature-themed play area open 9:00am - 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Visit our gift shop

    for nature-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts, books, toys, jewelry, art, gift items

  • Take a Class

    Join in exciting nature programs for youth, adults or families. 
  • Celebrate!

    Have a wild party! Four different party packages for that special occasion.
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Welcome to the Tacoma Nature Center

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. Visit our collection of small animals including an observation beehive.

Now on exhibit: Discover Nature in Washington Photo Contest. Gallery available most open hours. Call ahead to 253-591-6439 to ensure viewing availability. See winners here.

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