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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Check out photos from Summer High Adventure Camps!
TRACKS on KOMO-TV - Did you catch Bellevue’s Jenna Walenga on KOMO4 last week? There are still spots to join her at High Adventure Camps this summer
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:
Active Seniors Geocaching 101
Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE.
This free event will send you on a treasure hunt right outside your door. This is a great way for seniors to get outside and be part of a larger community adventure. Geocaches are small containers with a variety of fun surprises inside. We will show you how to use the GPS coordinates or a smartphone app to find them! We’ll get you set up, show you how to engage with a growing community of geocachers and find your first cache. An endless world of exploration, puzzle solving and discovery awaits! Dress to head outdoors on your search. If you have a smartphone or GPS, bring it with you. You can even download a geocaching app beforehand. Presented with the Washington State Geocaching Alliance.
Geocaching 101: Family Adventure
Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE
A fun adventure for the whole family, this free event will send you on a treasure hunt right outside your door. There are hundreds of geocaches hidden throughout Bellevue, and this course will give you the tools to start finding them. Geocaches are small containers with a variety of fun surprises inside. We will show you how to use the GPS coordinates or a smartphone app to find them! Also, learn how to engage with a growing community of geocachers and find your first cache. An endless world of exploration, puzzle solving and discovery awaits! Dress to head outdoors on your search. If you have a smartphone or GPS, bring it with you. You can even download a geocaching app beforehand. Presented with the Washington State Geocaching Alliance.
Leaving No Trace: Proper Trail Etiquette
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Avenue SE
Learn the basics of the Leave No Trace principles. Find out what you can do to ensure that those who visit nature after you will never even know you were there before them.
Senior Hiking Series – Tuesday Trails, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at Highland Community Center, 14224 NE Bel-Red Road
This easy hiking series is designed for active seniors looking to explore the beautiful trails around Bellevue. Every other Tuesday, between September 16 and November 5, we’ll meet at Highland Community Center and ride to a trailhead in the Issaquah Alps, Cascades or other scenic areas nearby. Hikes will be generally less than three miles and specifically chosen for the over-50 crowd. Look forward to guest leaders on topics from birding to local history. Dress for the weather, and bring a lunch and water.
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
Location and Date TBD
The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human-powered winter experience through film. The festival aims to entertain while helping to raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and our like-minded partners. The selection of unique films that make up the Backcountry Film Festival will inspire you to grab your buddies to embrace the fun and beauty of winter. Event is co-sponsored by The Mountaineers.
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