Since Northwest Trek opened on July 17, 1975, people have travelled to the 723-acre park to see native animals in their habitat – bison, elk and moose; cougars, wolves and bears.
I dare you not to say “oh my.”
The Pierce County tourism attraction plans to celebrate all those visitors by recognizing Visitor No. 6 million, who, according to park calculations, should show up this weekend.
Admittedly such milestones are arbitrary, but they’re still fun. According to a news release yesterday from park officials, the lucky visitor will receive a prize package worth more than $600. It will include:
- Free one-year family membership to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
- Lunch for 6 at Trek’s Cafe
- $30 gift card for Trek gift shop
- 6 passes for the new zip line course coming to Northwest Trek this summer
- A keeper tour for 6 (to be arranged at a later date)
- Special animal encounter for the 6 millionth visitor and his or her party
- Commemorative photo with Footloose, the Northwest Trek mascot and posting on the wildlife park’s Facebook page
- One of a kind animal art painted by a raccoon
Northwest Trek is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Tram tours leave hourly beginning at 10 a.m. Admission for Pierce County residents are $15 for adults, ages 13 to 64; $13.50 for seniors, 65 and over; $11 for youths from 5 to 12; $8 for 3- and 4-year olds. Children 2 and under are admitted free.