Northwest Trek is opening the historic home located on its 435-acre free-roaming area for a rare set of public tours, the facility announced this week.
Formerly the residence of park founders Dr. David and Connie Hellyer, the home is now the Hellyer Natural History Center and closed to the public. The Hellyer’s donated the land around their home to Metro Parks in 1971 and in ’75 Northwest Trek opened. The Natural History Center opened in 2000. David Hellyer died in 2006.
Northwest Trek will open the home for tours one day per month for the remainder of the year. The tours will be limited to 40 people and will cost $3 ($2 for "Friends of Northwest Trek" members) in addition to regular admission ($15 for adults). Tour groups will travel to the home on the trams that are used for touring the free-roaming area, which is home to many animals including bighorn sheep, bison and caribou.
The tours are planned for Aug. 30, Sept. 14, Oct. 18, Nov. 23 and Dec. 6. Officials recommend making reservations by calling 360-832-7166 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.