Northwest Trek set a new attendance record Thursday morning when its 214,196th visitor walked through the gates. By the time it closed, the park had logged 214,696 visitors for the year.
To celebrate, the wildlife park is extending a “Kids Free” promotion through the weekend. The promotion grants free admission to up to four children ages 12 and younger with each paying adult through Sunday.
More than 6.6 million people have visited Northwest Trek since it opened July 17, 1975. The park provides access to native wildlife in natural settings to help teach people about nature.
Beyond setting a new attendance record, other milestones of 2015 included:
▪ The birth of more than a dozen animals including American bison, Roosevelt elk and caribou calves, bighorn sheep lambs, deer fawns and a moose calf.
▪ The nature park’s 40th birthday.
▪ $61,000 raised with the Northwest Trek Foundation for a new half-acre $1.9 million Kids’ Trek play area.
▪ The beginning of construction on a nature-themed play area, set to open this spring.
▪ Release of 254 endangered Oregon spotted frogs into a Pierce County wetland area.
Northwest Trek offers visitors a 50-minute, narrated tour of its 435-acre free roaming area aboard a heated tram. Visitors can also walk paved paths through the forest to view other Northwest wildlife. Herds of American bison and Roosevelt elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, and three adult moose and one moose calf call the 725-acre zoological park home.
Northwest Trek is open from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. through Sunday. Next week, the park returns to its normal winter prices and schedule, open Friday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.