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Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuge Olympia

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Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuge
100 Brown Farm RD
off I-5, exit 114
Olympia
WA
98516
Tel: 360 753 9467

Directions

General Info Location & Driving Directions Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is located 8 miles northeast of Olympia, Washington. From Interstate 5 southbound, take exit 114. Make a right at the traffic light, go under the freeway and make a right into the Refuge. Follow the entrance road to the two public parking lots. From Interstate 5 northbound, take exit 114. Make a left at the stop sign, go under the highway and make a right into the Refuge. Follow the entrance road to the two public parking lots.

Where are we going today?

The Visitor Center includes The Nature Shop, an information desk, a view of the freshwater marsh, and interpretive exhibits. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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    It was a cold cloudless day with a daytime high temperature of about 30 degrees. The fall leaves had mostly fallen and the wooden bridge-ways were covered in frost. The Refuge was active as the migration was well underway. I photographed Mallard, Widgeon, Snow and Canadian geese, an American Bittern and finally a Blue Heron. It is hard to imagine a better place to come and spend a morning or afternoon exploring all that the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has to offer, especially in the light of the meager $3.00 price of admission!

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    Good experience, it is $3 per family which is good for all you see, definitely going back.

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    GET THERE EARLY ON WEEKENDS! Parking lot is small to keep the paths from getting crowded so you need to get in before 10:00. There is a un-enforced 3 doller charge per family/car load. Still a very cheap way to spend a day.

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    This is a neat spot for wildlife viewing. We are excited to go back each month to see the different birds that are present.

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    This is a great place to get away for quiet walk see nature eagles,geese crabs and more .

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