Adriana Hess Park in University Place is a little urban treasure that is mostly undiscovered by folks outside of U.P.
It’s a two acre, wetland park with trails, a platform, a visitor center with nature displays and a small gift shop (seriously, can you go anywhere without having to navigate past a gift shop??)
Inside the visitor’s center you can find a library of bird themed resources, 20 bird nest displays, and bird specimens including hawks and owls. There are great volunteers on hand to answer birding questions.
It’s a nice, easy stop with kids, and you should find plenty of ducks and other waterfowl to check out.
Naturalists give guided tours on family nature walks, which is a regularly scheduled event designed just to introduce families to the park. What a nice opportunity to remind your kiddos that fun doesn’t have to involve batteries or a 30 minute hunt for parking!
The Audubon Center is open Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm, based on volunteer availability, and by appointment. The park itself is open from dawn to dusk.