Boating and Birding in Seattle’s Magnificent Old-Growth Forest

Weekend Tour

Explore an old-growth forest right in the middle of Seattle and learn about the history, nature, and partnerships that make Seward Park a regional attraction. 

Led by the Audubon Center Director Joey Manson, this tour features the 300-acre Seward Park, located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Washington and includes one of the last surviving tracts of old-growth forest within the city of Seattle.

This Olmsted-designed park includes miles of forest trails, a perimeter walking and biking path, an amphitheater, a swimming beach, tennis courts, and an Audubon Center. It is home to nesting bald eagles, chestnut-backed chickadees, Great Blue Herons, Barred and Great Horned Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Bewick’s and Pacific Wrens, Swainson’s Thrushes, and more than 150 other bird species.  

Participants will kayak along the perimeter of Seward Park and into Andrews Bay learning about waterfowl and other species that call the park home. The tour continues with a walk within Seward Park (Clark’s Prairie and the Sqebeqeb Trail) with expert guides from the Seward Park Audubon Center and Friends of Seward Park. Bring your binoculars, walking shoes, and sense of discovery! 

Please note: This tour involves kayaking (kayak safety training and outfitting included) and trail walking (about 3 miles). Participants must be able to swim and walk on variable trails/terrain. Synthetic quick-dry clothing, sun protection, and shoes that can get wet are recommended.