TRACKS is a Parks & Community Services initiative promoting outdoor adventure, youth leadership and environmental stewardship. TRACKS' mission is to encourage outdoor opportunities for all ages, abilities and income levels, opportunities that develop life skills and knowledge for a healthy community.
What is TRACKS?
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TRACKS was started in the spring of 2007 amid growing concern and research identifying a "nature deficit" within society. Since its inception, TRACKS has effectively infused many Bellevue programs and activities with its six key standards:
Winter Hiking Series for All Ages
Your season doesn't have to end in October. The crisp winter air or eerie fog rolling through a valley can really add new beauty to a hike. In this all-ages hiking series, we'll head out into the nearby mountains to see some old classics with a new perspective. Be sure to dress for the weather with warm layers and boots. Our experienced guides will explain the basics of staying happy and safe on a winter hike and will lead you out on the trail. Transportation will be provided. Some gear will be available. Bring a snack and water. Please pre-register at www.MyParksandRecreation.com .
February 8 - Twin Falls Trail
(rescheduled from January 25)
Easy - 500 feet elevation gain
Register for activity 89695
February 22 - Little Si Trail
4.7 miles roundtrip
Moderate - 1300 feet elevation gain
Register for activity 89696
March 29 - Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Up to 5 miles
Easy - 200 feet elevation gain
Register for activity 89697 To register: www.MyParksandRecreation.com , activity 89647
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
Thursday, February 5, Film begins at 7 p.m.
Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road
The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human-powered winter experience through film. The festival aims to entertain while helping raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and our like-minded partners. A selection of unique films make up the Backcountry Film Festival and will inspire you to grab your buddies to embrace the fun and beauty of winter. Event is co-sponsored by The Mountaineers.
Beginner Nordic Skiing Course
This course, offered by TRACKS and 1 World Outings, is for anyone looking to start cross country skiing! A great activity for all ages, we'll show you the basics and open the doors to trips throughout the winter. The course consists of one weekday evening lecture and a full-day weekend instructional field trip. You may attend one or both. Gear is not provided; you must obtain your own equipment prior to the trip.
Teen Midwinter Break Snowshoe
Tuesday, February 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy the snow this break! We will head into the hills for some winter adventures. This is a great opportunity for beginners or more experienced teens. Snowshoe, build a snow shelter, track wildlife, and enjoy some hot cocoa on a day away from your usual routine. Snowshoes and outdoor gear will be provided. Dress for the weather.
Basic Snowshoe Course - SOLD OUT. If you are looking for a way to enjoy the snow this year, please see our Nordic Skiiing Intro Course, or Youth Mid-Winter Snowshoe Outing. Email TRACKS@bellevuewa.gov if you're interested in future snowshoe courses.
This course, offered by TRACKS and the Foothills Branch of the Mountaineers, is designed for anyone over age 18 (or age 14+ if taking the course with a parent) who wants to learn snowshoe skills and how to safely enjoy snowshoeng in our Puget Sound winter wonderland. The course consists of one weekday evening lecture and a full-day weekend instructional field trip later in the month. Participants will learn how to travel safely on snowshoes, how to select and use proper gear and clothing, and chooose the right outing and routes for their skill level. The course will also provide n introduction to avalanche awareness and the basics of winter survival.
Volunteer - to volunteer with the TRACKS program, or if you are a teen looking for service hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
TRACKS in the news -
Look for TRACKS in the Connections recreation brochure to find classes, activities and events that are part of the TRACKS initiative.
View Ken Burns' "National Parks: America’s Greatest Idea" clip about youth and the outdoors.
Parks & Community Services
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Jenna Walenga
Contact: Joe Moorman
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Family, Youth & Teen Svcs