• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • Visitor Center Closing at 1 pm

    Thursday Sept 4, 2014 the park visitor center will close at 1:00 pm.

  • Area disruptions Sept 3 and Sept 4

    Both local area streets, and walkways will be affected Sept 3 - Sept 4 by the NFL Gameday Village and Seattle Seahawks home opener. Street parking may be extremely limited and in area private lots will have higher than normal special event prices.

Climate Change

Receding glaciers in mountains
As snowfall amounts change in upper parts of glaciers and temperatures rise at lower elevations glaciers are rapidly melting and receding.
Tim Karle

Environmental factors influence many of the things around us that we often take for granted including the weather, the climate, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the areas where we play, work, and live.

The National Park Service has been charged to preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources contained within its units. Yet, both natural and man-caused events shape these park's environments. The challenge facing the service today is to mitigate or prevent man-made degradation while allowing natural processes to shape the environmental were charged with protecting..


Today one of the main challenges to park resources is climate change. Climate change is a significant change in distribution of weather over long periods. These changes can be fast, but the full response to the forcing mechanisms might not be fully developed for many decades or centuries.


Some scientists believe that human activities are speeding-up the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In greater concentrations, these gases, can lead to increased warming to the atmosphere.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? 1 in every 10 Klondike Stampeders was a woman

Of the over 70,000 stampeders headed for the gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush, 1 in every 10 was a woman.