• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    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.

  • 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 »

Guest Speakers

Jon Mystery Box
Ranger Jon and the box of mystery.

Classrooms Visits

Although nothing compares to an in-person visit to Olympic National Park, a field trip may not be practical or possible for your school or organization. If you are located within 2.5 hours driving time of the Port Angeles Visitor Center, an Olympic education ranger can come to you.

Education rangers provide hands-on, interactive programs designed to meet State of Washington learning standards for K- 12 students. Education rangers work with each classroom teacher in order to meet the educational aims and learning objectives. Program topics cover wildlife, geology, ecology, cultural history, park service history, wilderness, and much more.

Ecosystems Olympic

Commonly referenced as three parks in one, Olympic National Park is truly a wonder of natural diversity. The "Ecosystems Olympic" program provides 4th grade students on the Olympic Peninsula an overview of the coastal, rain forest, and mountain ecosystems within Olympic National Park. This 90 minute program engages diverse learning styles and scaffolds the basic vocabulary to understanding ecosystems. Program occurs during the spring of each year. Pre and post visit activities are available, see attached Ecosystems Olympic Pre/Post.

Program abstract and state standards can be found here.

Outreach Programs

In addition to classroom visits, Olympic Park Rangers are available to attend your organization's meeting or special event. Rangers can staff a booth at fair-like events such as Earthday Celebrations or Science Nights, present programs to college classrooms, community organizations such as Scouts and 4H, senior groups, after-school programs, and many more. All programs are free of charge and availability depends on driving time, audience size, and staffing requirements.

Winter Perspectives Series

Long, dark Pacific Northwest nights got you down? Olympic National Park's winter perspectives series is the solution. Join researchers, artists, historians, and rangers as they present current projects and new understandings associated with Olympic National Park. Programs are from 7-8 PM, the second Tuesday of each winter month. The Park's partner, Friends of Olympic National Park, provides refreshments prior to the presentation. As a reminder, space is limited and seats often fill quickly; please plan accordingly. Check back in October for the Winter 2012/13 schedule.

To schedule a guest speaker please contact Olympic's Outreach and Education Specialist, Dean Butterworth or contact Olympic at:

Outreach and Education Specialist
Olympic National Park
600 East Park Ave.
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.