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The Theler Community Center and Wetland Trails grew out of a gift to the children and people of Belfair from long-time resident Sam Theler. His will included a bequest to provide local children and citizens with a “gymnasium and/or [recreation] center… [to] be used as much as feasible for public gatherings and meetings.” Sam’s original gift now includes the community center, a wildlife preserve and a recreation park enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.

Located at the head of Washington’s scenic Hood Canal, the Theler Wetlands feature more than three miles of interpretive walking trails, a popular spot for runners and joggers, or those who simply seek a refreshing stroll in nature. Photography enthusiasts enjoy a kaleidoscope of opportunities to capture the wonder of nature. The trails give access to plants, birds and animals in their natural habitats – forests, wetlands, saltwater and freshwater marshes, swamps and river estuaries. Four separate trails are open to the public free of charge during daylight hours, seven days a week.

The Theler Community Center and Wetland Trails offer recreational, educational and social opportunities for everyone, and a host of volunteer opportunities for local residents. Visitors are asked to note that pets are not permitted on the wetlands trails.

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