About the Park Rangers

Point Defiance Park has two Park Rangers on staff. Ranger Mary began in 2016 and Ranger Ben joined the team in 2018.

Park rangers help visitors discover the park’s attractions, answer questions and make them aware of park rules. They also work closely with the Point Defiance Park Ambassadors, who staff the Visitors Center on summer weekends, and Park Watch volunteers, whose presence helps maintain visitor safety and discourages unlawful behavior.

Rangers host a regular schedule of interpretive programs including an introduction to bird watching called Coffee with the Birds, Birding for Seniors, Tacoma Giants tree walks, Forest Mindfulness, and free weekend Nature Walks, plus drop-in, urban wildlife, garden and history tours.

They also coordinate the Junior Ranger program, which encourages youngsters to develop into caring stewards of the park and its natural wonders.

Junior Ranger Program

Your kids can become Point Defiance Park Junior Rangers! This exciting program is tons of fun and teaches respect for nature and the park.

Complete the handbook at any pace, then when ready, Junior Ranger hopefuls can present the book to the Visitors Center ambassadors and recite the pledge to receive an official Junior Ranger badge.

Handbooks are free and are available at the Visitors Center, open every weekend until Labor Day.

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Programs for teachers and schools

Are you interested in bringing your students to Point Defiance Park for a private Ranger Program?

Click here to submit a request to the Park Ranger >