The Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound (DSC) is proud to present the 23rd Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk® - a day of celebration to promote the acceptance, inclusion, and respect of inviduals with Down syndrome.  

We are excited that Woodland Park Zoo will be our host for this year's Walk!  They are a partner committed to inclusion and have shown this through their "Zoo for All" initiative. The Zoo has generously waived admission for that day to all pre-registered attendees of the Puget Sound Buddy Walk®!  Feel free to arrive early and enjoy the Zoo prior to the Walk beginning (Zoo hours that day are 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM). Then join over 1,200 friends and supporters for an afternoon of fun including activities for the family, resource booths, artists with Down syndrome, food trucks, team photos, and of course, a walk around Woodland Park Zoo. After the Walk ends, join us for a silent disco! 

Event Schedule

9:30 am Check-in opens for those pre-registered participants wanting to visit the Zoo prior to the Walk beginning

1:00 pm Official start to the 23rd Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk®

1:00 pm Kid's activities, resource booths, vendors, team photos, food trucks

2:10 pm Recognition of top fundraisers & sponsors, event speakers

2:45 pm Walk begins!

3:15 pm Medals at finish for Walkers with Down syndrome and all children age 11 and under; Silent Disco

4:00 pm Event ends and Zoo closes

What Your Support Means

The Puget Sound Buddy Walk® is our largest fundraiser of the year.  The success of the event allows us to continue our many programs, events, and initiatives, and to add more! 

  • First Call Outreach Program which provides up-to-date information, mentorship and support to new parents as well as outreach to the medical community on best practices for delivering a diagnosis 
  • Community groups including DSC Friends groups, Moms' Night Out, and DADS of Puget Sound
  • Community events like the Puget Sound Buddy Walk, Sweetheart Dance, Holiday Party, Talent Show, and Megarama Day
  • Education including the Learning Program, Understanding Adolescence and Puberty Program, and Ready, Set, Kindergarten, as well as special guest speakers
  • Advocacy which provides information and opportunities related to policies and issues affecting our community


Woodland Park Zoo - West Entrance

5500 Phinney Ave N Seattle WA 98103

The event will take place in the North Meadow (near the carousel).

The Zoo is generously waiving admission for all pre-registered participants.  Be sure to register on-line by noon on October 5th to be able to enter the zoo free of charge on October 6th. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Important Registration Tips - PLEASE READ

  1. Everyone who plans to join us at Woodland Park Zoo MUST pre-register. Registration is free!
  2. You can register multiple people in one session.  Please carefully follow the instructions for ordering t-shirts. NOTE: We are sold out of some sizes.
  3. Event t-shirts are optional.  To be guaranteed your size, order by 9/13/19.  T-shirts are $12 and free for Walkers with Down syndrome.  We will have limited quantities available at the Walk for $15. 
  4. Free t-shirts that have been ordered for your Walker with Down syndrome will not show up on your confirmation screen but will be reflected on your email receipt.





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Top Fundraiser Perks

The top two fundraising teams as of midnight on October 5th will:

  • be recognized at the Walk with a plaque;
  • have a "tailgaiting" tent reserved just for you;
  • receive "food truck bucks";
  • receive tokens for Carousel rides;
  • be the leaders of the Walk!

Every team raising more than $1,500 will have a poster hung up on our "Fundraising All-Stars" wall at the Walk. 

Your fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated!

Buddy Walk® history

The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  Over 300,000 people walk from coast to coast and around the world each year.  

Learn more about the DSC on our website

Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound