Pokémon at Tiger Mountain!

On a wet Saturday in April, the IATC co-lead a family hike to Tiger Mountain in partnership with the Sammamish Community YMCA, a local family, and the Sammamish Teen Outdoor Club. But there was something special about this hike. While wandering the trails on Tiger Mountain the families were also in search of Pokémon!

You may have heard of the popular game Pokémon GO, where players catch virtual Pokémon in specific locations in the real world. While initially it may not seem like hiking and video games go together, this game requires players to travel around outdoors to find the Pokémon. The families hiking on Tiger Mountain enjoyed the area as they hunted through the woods and the rain in search of these creatures. They even got some time to turn off the screens and take in the forest as they played “trail bingo” and searched for banana slugs!

These collaborations are a fun way to get more people outside and instill the club’s ethic of protecting and advocating for wild places. To learn more about our friends and partners please visit https://www.issaquahalps.org/contacts/friends for more information.

To find out more about our partners mentioned in this article, please visit https://www.seattleymca.org/locations/sammamish-community-ymca and http://blog.sammamishymca.org/outside/outsideteens/

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David Dunphy