• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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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.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

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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Did You Know?

white flower

Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.