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Lace up your shoes and take a "quietly wild" trek in the heart of the city. You may hear the honking of Canada geese and the peculiar twitter of the wood duck as you explore this 71-acre wetland habitat. Tread carefully and you might catch sight of a red fox, raccoon, great blue heron or other wildlife.

  • Tacoma Nature Center
    1919 S. Tyler Street
    Tacoma, Wa  98405
  • (253) 591-6439
  • There is no admission fee but donations are gladly accepted. Suggested $3.00/family, $10.00/larger group.
  • Holiday Building Closures: November 27 & 28; December 24 & 25
 Nature Center Trail Sign TRAIL MAP
  • Nearly two miles of Soft Surfaced Trails
  • One half mile outdoor access route for wheelchairs
  • Pick up a self-guiding booklet in the Visitor Center to help you learn about the natural and human history of the area while you explore.
  • Discover animals close-up in the Center's newly renovated exhibit area.
 Two Girls By Water at Nature Center's Discovery Pond DISCOVERY POND
  •  Where adventure and learning happen naturally!
  • This natural play area for children is designed to inspire creative play and environmental learning.
 Nature Center Driveway and Sign NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
  • Native plants require less water and care than other plants and they provide great habitat for birds.
  • Nursery is open May through September
  • Spring Native Plant Sale is held the first Saturday in May
 Historic Photo of Two Boys Fishing at Snake Lake HISTORY
  • Long before Snake Lake and the surrounding are were set aside as a nature preserve, Native American tribes used the abundant resources of the wetland.