Discovery Play Days offer hands-on learning and outdoor fun! Young children (3 – 10 year-olds) and their parents join trail naturalists and Silverdale library staff for stories, educational activities and a short nature walk. This free program is specially designed for young families. Wildlife, Trees, or beach combing is covered at each of the four summer sessions.

Each session begins at 10:00 a.m. with storytime, a learning activity and followed by a short guided trail walk  to explore the wetlands, the beach or track for wildlife signs. The program ends around noon and families are invited to bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables outside or inside should the weather be too wet. Dress for the weather and hiking. 

Wednesday, June 26th - Birds & Wildlife Sleuthing

Join us for a peek at who’s chirping in the trees or foraging for lunch along the creek. Have fun at the Bird Beak Buffet! Shoot us an email so we have an idea of how many to expect. Drop-ins are most welcome.

Where: Clear Creek Interpretive Center (The Red Barn)***, 9641 Levin Road NW, downtown Silverdale

Wednesday, July 17th - Trees and Native Plants

Trees and native plants are an important part of a salmon's life.

Where: Clear Creek Trail Ridgetop Pavilion, 9228 Ridgetop Blvd, downtown Silverdale

Wednesday, July 31st - Beach Combing at Low Tide 

Learn about the marine critters that you can see at low tide. Story time begins at 10:00 a.m.  Next, you’ll comb the beach to find out what lives there and how they fit into the web of life. 

Where:  Silverdale Waterfront Park Pavilion, 3337 NW Byron St, Old Town Silverdale.

Wednesday, August 21st - Pond Dipping for bugs

Find out what bugs are preferred by salmon and indicate the health of a stream. Investigate a wetland to see how plants and bugs are adapted to this wet decaying environment. Stories, pond dipping activity with bugs! and a short hike! What could be better on a sunny morning?

Where: Clear Creek Interpretive Center (The Red Barn)***, 9641 Levin Road NW, downtown Silverdale

***Our neighbors are businesses and ask that you not park in this lot during regular business hours. ​ Please park in the gravel lot on the west side of Clear Creek behind Staples and walk across the Bucklin Hill Bridge to the Red Barn.


For more information about this program, to volunteer or to RSVP, contact us at

This pattern, Fishnet, is taken from a traditional Suquamish basket design