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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.

Check Out Washington backpack, binoculars, Washington Birds pamphlet, Washington Trees and Wildflowers pamphlet, a Washington State Parks guide, and Discover Pass displayed on a log

The Washington State Legislature now funds the cost of the Discover passes.

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.  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 2022 and return them to project manager using the information below.

Participating Libraries



Carolyn Petersen
[email protected]
(360) 570-5560

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