Annual event features human slug races, games and activities for kids of all ages

It’s nearly Slug Fest time at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

That means a celebration of sliminess and silliness with activities for kids and the young-at-heart. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 and 26.

The guest of honor, of course, is a slug. A Pacific banana slug, to be exact.

Unbeknownst to some, the banana slug has an important role to play in forest ecosystems. Banana slugs are decomposers that break down organic matter and return nutrients to the soil.

So what’s there to do at Slug Fest?

Imagine large trams equipped with tentacles as they make their way through the wildlife park’s 435-acre Free-Roaming Area on an animal-watching journey.

And human slug races? Yep, those too. Contestants can inch their way down a soapy, slimy track to victory. They’ll get gear to help protect their clothes while they’re in the race – although they may still get a little wet.

Crafts, art projects, storytime and a photo booth with props will also add to the celebratory atmosphere.

In addition, Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk about slugs and gardens.

And, as always, each admission to Northwest Trek comes with a 50-minute, naturalist-narrated tour on a tram through the Free-Roaming Area, which is home to American bison, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou, moose, deer and other animals.

Plus, visitors can walk the paved paths through forests of tall evergreens to natural exhibits of wolves, coyotes, Canada lynx, black bears, a grizzly bear, and a wetlands exhibit that includes beavers, raccoons, and other small animals.

Access to the brand new nature-themed play area, Kids’ Trek, is also included with admission.

Slug Fest 2016 is sponsored by BECU.

All activities are free with admission or membership to Northwest Trek.

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.

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WEB: www.nwtrek.org
ADDRESS: 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville, WA 98328
PHONE: (360) 832-6117

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