The Nisqually Watershed is proud to include the towns of Eatonville, Ashford, Elbe, Yelm, Roy and McKenna. Each of these have their unique charm–Ashford is the gateway to Mount Rainier; Roy offers a biannual rodeo; Eatonville celebrates the return of spawning salmon to the town. Whether you live in the watershed, or want to come visit, here is a list of fun, educational or relaxing attractions and events you can enjoy!
NW Trek is open year round, and often has season-specific special events! Special events can also be catered for your needs–take a school group to learn more about Pacific Northwest animals; have your wedding in a gorgeous and unique location; host your next work meeting here! Visit their website to learn more about how your event can happen at NW Trek.
The preserve also hosts field trips and offers an excellent opportunity for students to see what the Puget Sound region looked in the past, without travelling too far. Visit the website to learn more!
Schilter Family Farm
Across the road from Pioneer Farm is the historical Ohop Indian Village. The tours led through here give you an up-close experience into the lives of Native Americans. You can help chip out a canoe, craft an arrowhead and practice target shooting with a bow and arrow! The Ohop Indian Village is open Fathers Day-Labor Day, Fridays-Sundays. The tours are offered at 1pm and 2:30pm. There’s an admission discount if you choose to take both the Pioneer Farm and Ohop Indian Village tours on the same day!
Community Day Celebration
Nisqually Valley Home, Garden and Trade Show
-Town Square features a visitors center and two covered picnic tables. It’s in the heart of the town and offers stunning views of the mountain!
-Glacier View Park is also in the middle of the town. It has a large, covered picnic area with an attached kitchen. This area is available for rent! Please visit the town website for more information!
-Millpond Park has something to offer everyone. There’s a skate park, a playground, a large field, a public restroom, and paved trails that lead to the Mashel River. The park is also the site of the annual Eatonville Salmon Festival.
-Smallwood Park is a largely forested, 26 acre park that has hiking trails, picnic tables and a stocked fishing pond for kids 15 and under.
-Yelm City Park has a covered picnic area with a kitchen, a skate park and a playground. It’s large, grassy field is also used to host several of the town’s festivals and events.
-Cochrane Memorial Park, located in Yelm, is a water reclamation facility that uses gardens as a means to filter water so that it is clean enough to use for irrigation purposes, or to be returned safely to the Nisqually River.
-Longmire Community Park is also located in Yelm and is open from March 1 to October 31, dawn til dusk. It has a playground and baseball field that can be reserved for use. Sundays are generally used as a drop-in day. Visit the City of Yelm’s website for information on how to reserve these facilities.
-McKenna Park is operated by Centralia Light as a part of the Yelm Hydroproject. It has a public boat launch, ADA approved facilities, picnic area and playground. It’s free to use!
-Also operated by Centralia Light is the Yelm-Nisqually Park. This is located close to the Red Wind Casino, and is a small park with a nature trail that leads to a boat launch. It also has some picnic tables and is free to use. Future plans are to develop a covered picnic area and a visitor information center.