• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14

    To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »

  • 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 »

Creative Response Lesson Plans

Creative Response

Lesson 1: A Trip to Olympic National Park and the Elwha River

Guiding Question: Where in the world are Olympic National Park and the Elwha River?

Overview: In this lesson students will use web resources to find Olympic National Park and the Elwha River on a map. Students will generate a map which they will use in a travel brochure they will create for Olympic National Park and the Elwha River Valley.

Time: Two class periods


Lesson 2: Calling the Salmon Back to the Elwha: Poems for the Adventurous Anadromous

Guiding Question: How can asking someone or something to respond to a request help to build understanding?

Overview: In this lesson students will write a "question and answer" poem that uses two voices, one to call the salmon back to the River and the other to respond to the caller. Students will perform their poems.

Time: Two class periods


Lesson 3: Totem Poles

Guiding question: If you were to create a totem pole for the Elwha River what combination of current and historical symbols would you include in it?

Lesson Overview: Students will work in small groups to research Totem Poles, their history, meaning and symbolism. Then in the same small groups students will construct a totem pole for the Elwha River out of found objects that represent the historical and modern significance of the river and its restoration. Groups will then give a short presentation to introduce, explain and justify their totem pole.

Time Needed: Two Class periods



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Did You Know?

Mt. Olympus in winter

That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.