November 12, 2013
The Press Expedition's Journey through the Olympics and Its Legacy
Jon Preston, park ranger, Olympic National Park
The Press Expedition was a well-publicized marketing venture of discovery. The selling point was to lift the veil of mystery for the growing population of Puget Sound. The Olympic Mountains were one of the last crumbs of unmapped territory, and the job of exploration fell onto the backs of five "intrepid explorers" infused with, "manly vim."
December 10, 2013
Protecting Wilderness Coast and Sanctuary Waters
Steve Fradkin, PhD, Coastal Ecologist, Olympic National Park
On December 18, 2012, Coast Guard searchers found a 185-ton dock that washed out to sea during the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. Located in an extremely rugged and remote section of Olympic National Park's wilderness coast and the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, the dock posed a threat to visitor safety and had the potential to damage resources. Steve Fradkin, Olympic National Park Coastal Ecologist and a member of the multi-agency response team, will share his stories of the successful removal effort.
January 14, 2014
An Enduring Resource of Wilderness
RuthScott, Wilderness Management Specialist, Olympic National Park
Over 95% of Olympic National Park is designated Wilderness, created on November 16, 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed the Washington Park Wilderness Act. Join Ruth Scott, Olympic National Park's wilderness management specialist for an introduction to this awe inspiring place, the origins of wilderness designation and the management actions necessary to maintain the character of this "area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain".
February 11, 2014
The Wilderness Classroom of Olympic National Park
Stephen Streufert, Pacific Northwest Director, NatureBridge
Science comes alive for students attending one of NatureBridge Olympic's field science courses.NatureBridge, the principal educational partner of Olympic National Park, hosts over 4000 students on its Lake Crescent campus each year and inspires in them a love of science and wild places. For many students this is their first time in a wilderness setting and their experience empowers them with a sense of wonder for the natural world and encourages a stewardship ethic. Join Stephen Streufert for an introduction to NatureBridge programs and how the natural world can positively impact urban youth.
March 11, 2014
A Walk in the Wilderness – Good for Body and Mind
Craig Romano, Author of several guidebooks including Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Guidebook author Craig Romano has hiked over 16,000 miles throughout Washington, and has explored most of the trails on the Olympic Peninsula. Join him for an evening of trail talk as he shares stories of his adventures in the Wilderness areas of the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. In an increasingly mechanized and connected world, the use of wilderness for recreation, inspiration, and rejuvenation are especially important for our physical and spiritual health.
April 8, 2014
Studying Cascade Frogs in a Wilderness Laboratory
Maureen Ryan, PhD, University of Washington
Wilderness serves as an important and rare laboratory for scientists. University of Washington researcher Maureen Ryan studies Cascade frogs in Seven Lakes Basin, a popular wilderness backpacking destination. Join Dr. Ryan to lean about these mountain amphibians and how a warming climate and declining snowpack affect the seasonal pools they need to survive.
The Perspectives Winter Speaker Series takes place the second Tuesday of each month, November through April. Sponsored by Olympic National Park & the Friends of Olympic National Park.