• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    National Park Washington

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  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.

  • 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 »

Field Trips

Exploring Olympic National Park provides practical, first-hand experience that reinforces concepts introduced in the classroom. Education programs are available and based from the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles (see park map). Education Rangers construct programs following the State of Washington Standards of Learning guidelines as well as best educational practices. Before your arrival, check out some important safety considerations when planning a field trip.

Program Topics

The diversity of Olympic National Park beckons. Programs are by-request only and include topics such as forest flora and fauna, winter ecology/phenology, water quality, erosion and deposition, geology, fish ecology, habitat investigations, and much more. Program topics are flexible and rangers can accommodate diverse topics aligned with your current areas of study. Program formats include guided nature hikes, field-based scientific investigations, PowerPoint presentations, and park orientations. Program locations vary, but are limited to a one hour drive from the visitor center. Group size and program duration vary. If interested, please contact us at least a month in advance or make a reservation for the posted available times listed at the bottom of each field trip.

Entrance Fee Waiver

Park entrance fees may be waived for school group visits when class curriculum relates to park resources. Learn more.

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