​​​​​​​​​​​​​Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival - September 16, 2017 


Join us for a pancake breakfast, running games, old fashioned games for kids, kids art work, Boy Scout cooking demonstrations, water sports, live music and a large gathering of arts and crafts vendors. Did we mention food??  If not, we should point out there will be food and beverages, and more. Come to the park. We will have shuttle busses running from the Simpson school. Watch Facebook for info.​

​Ongoing Cleanup Projects


​​​​Cindy Burton,  head of the "Ivy Killer Team",  has led a number of work  parties at Schafer and Lake Sylvia .   Here they are working on one of 30 trees in a grove that had been overtaken by English Ivy. The te​am concentrated on  cutting vines away from the tree trunks. Some vines were three inches or more in diameter and required saws and axes. By cutting away a section of the main vine, the upper vines will die. This will prevent them from damaging the trees and will also stop them from producing seed that will then spread the ivy to a greater area. The team will resume work in the fall when the weather cools. Work times are flexible...want to feel a sense of accomplishment??  Join us. Call (360) 9789-9953 for information .  Parking in the park is free for volunteers during work hours.

​​Trillium Trek

Every April Master Gardener Helen Hepp and park staff lead hikes/strolls/walks around Lake Sylvia counting trilliums and for the curious, identifying the many wild native plants that exist in the beautiful deep forests of the state park. FOSLS always has hot beverages and good food for the participants. We had a good hunt in 2016, beautiful weather, nice folks and a great day for being at the lake. Folks were fishing and the camp ground was filled with early campers. We counted over 600 trilliums in bloom. Normally we count several thousand but the trilliums bloomed early this year. We saw many hundreds that had already shed their blossoms. Join us in 2017 for another hunt.

Yule Log - 2nd Sunday of December at Schafer State Park

Bring the whole family  out for another Yule Log hunt  1 pm at Schafer. We will warm you up with some smoked salmon chowder!

​First Day Hike-January 1st

Join us every January 1 for our "First Day Hike" at Lake Sylvia.  Ranger 4 Jim Schmidt "Leader of the Pack" for the 2016 First Day Hike at Lake Sylvia State Park gave all 200 eager hikers  a great overview of the park's history and then led the main hiking group around the lake. It was another beautiful New Year's Day.

​Annual Salmon Bake 

Real northwesterners never batted an eye when the rain and wind came pounding down. They all just shifted a few feet farther inside and closer to the nice fire. Ed Makoviney with Peter, Steve and a few helpers cooked 25 lbs of wild king filets and added that to the many tasty potluck dishes. The South Sound Story Guild told fish stories....some were real whoppers!  Trina Youngs' decorations and the work by Carol, Helen, Barbara, Sue, Lynne and Sherrie plus others made this a great day. Thanks to Ranger Darrel along with Ranger Missy and Alex for prepping the park for the event.  

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