Check Out Washington
Check Out Washington is a collaboration between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Library to allow individuals to “check out a state park” without paying the parking fee.
Participating libraries allow individuals to check out a Discover pass which allows free entrance into state parks and other state owned land for a week. Some participating libraries also check out a branded backpack which contains a pair of binoculars, a pamphlet guide to Washington Trees, another pamphlet guide to Washington Birds together with a state map listing all the state park locations.
The Washington State Legislature funded the cost of the Discover passes for the third year of the program which will begin April 1, 2021, and run through March 30, 2022.
Another key element of the project is feedback from customers in the form of completed evaluations for the Parks commission and the State Library. Feedback should be provided using the online survey or print survey. The first and second year pilot libraries discovered that paper surveys given to customers when the materials were returned produced the best results. Each library’s project manager should compile their individual library’s survey results at the end of October 2021 and return them to project manager using the information below.
Public libraries can apply to participate in the program by filling out an application. Applications need to be returned by November 30, 2020, for participation in the 2021 program.
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).