The beauty of nature is evident in a mountain, meadow, or ocean shore—but it is often also right at hand. Throughout Washington, our cities keep nature close. We invite you to join us in celebrating the nature nearby: your backyard, local park, community garden, or even a neighborhood tree in bloom.

Nature in your Backyard

Nature is closer than you think. Click through our interactive map below to virtually visit special places where you can easily access and embrace nature throughout Washington. Then plan your own quick trip!

We zoomed in from broad and beautiful landscapes to showcase the delicate intricacies of Washington’s ecosystems. Check out these photos that bring you very near to nature.

Nature has a way of bringing us together. This April, explore opportunities to connect with nature in your local and global communities.

Join us to act, volunteer and give as we celebrate Earth Day all month long.