This Capital Bicycling Club ride is meant to be a low-key, non-paceline ride; will cover 12-15 miles; group will stay together and may stop for coffee or ice cream along the way; children welcome to join the ride; 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 26); meet at War Memorial Park, 7199 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; ride leader is J.D. Miller, 253-905-6681, firstname.lastname@example.org, capitalbicycleclub.org.
Before the snow really begins to fall, learn the basics of snowshoeing; there will be a discussion of the proper gear, what you need for a snowshoe trek and where to go to get started; 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday; REI, 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite 410, Olympia; free; register at rei.com/olympia; 360-786-1938.
The eighth-annual rock climbing competition includes events for climbers of all ages and abilities; events begin at 11 a.m. Saturday; Warehouse Rock Gym, 315 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia; pre-registration is $40 and $45 the day of the event; 360-596-9255, warehouserockgym.com.
Learn about a Tacoma park on a naturalist-led walk; learn about the plants and animals that call the park home; not recommended for strollers or children under 3; 1-2 p.m. Saturday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free; pre-register by calling 253-591-6439 or go to metroparkstacoma.org.