Visit on PokéTrek – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in August for half-off general admission and the chance to catch freshly lured Pokémon around some 20 PokéStops
Eatonville, Wash. – Visitors to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are accustomed to seeing wolves, bears, bobcats, beavers and other animals.
But on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in August, the big lures at Northwest Trek are the opportunity to play Pokémon GO in a unique setting at a bargain price – half off general admission – AND fill up a Pokédex with a passel of Pokémon.
The wildlife park is alive with virtual creatures; there are more than 20 Pokéstops and two game Gyms on the grounds.
And during Pokétrek Days, Northwest Trek staff members will walk around the park’s central area, dropping lures to help Pokémon GO Trainers catch even more of the elusive electronic “animals” like Nidoran, which looks a like a cartoonish stegosaurous and has barbs that secrete a powerful poison (the female is blue; the male is purple); Bellsprout, a flowery Pokémon with a lily-shaped head; Seaking, a fish with a unicorn-like horn and is found near water; Jigglypuff, a pinkish, balloon-like virtual figure; and Clefairy, a light-pinkish imp with brown-tinged ears.
Each of these is a rare Pokémon, or pocket monster, recently sighted at Northwest Trek.
And who knows which of the other 151 Pokémon will be lured to the plethora of Pokéstops at Northwest Trek.
Pokétrek hours are 4 to 6 p.m., with the last entry into the wildlife park at 6. However, visitors have until 7:30 p.m. to enjoy Northwest Trek’s animals in natural exhibits and walk the paved nature trails.
The special promotion does not include the narrated tram tour of the Free-Roaming Area. It may not be combined with any coupons or other discounts.
Not all Northwest Trek staff members are gaming experts, but they do have a big piece of advice for those playing the latest mobile app craze that has captivated members of Generations X, Y and Z as well as their Baby Boomer parents and grandparents: Make tracks to Northwest Trek on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for a good dose of nature and the adventure of capturing Pokémon.
For more information, go to www.nwtrek.org.
Northwest Trek, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is a 725-acre zoological park dedicated to conservation, education and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native Northwest wildlife and their natural habitats. The wildlife park is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma and is located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161.
ADDRESS: 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville, WA 98328
PHONE: (360) 832-6117