• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Curriculum Materials

You can search for and download the individual lesson plans below, download Freeing the Elwha Lesson Plan Overview (864 KB .PDF file) or request a full CD by contacting the Education Specialist: 360-565-3146.

  • Freeing the Elwha (Weather Patterns of the Pacific Coast)

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    Freeing the Elwha (Aspect Treeline Climate)

    Freeing the Elwha (Aspect Treeline Climate)

    Trees play an important role in salmon habitat. How can an understanding of climate, aspect, soil moisture, and treeline add to our understanding of healthy river restoration?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Salmonid Natural History)

    Freeing the Elwha (Salmonid Natural History)

    How does biological evolution account for the diversity and distribution of salmonid species?

  • Olympic National Park

    Freeing the Elwha (What is a Watershed?)

    Healthy watersheds are vital for a healthy environment and economy. How can understanding watersheds and particularly the Elwha watershed help you protect the water and other natural resources?

Did You Know?


Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.