Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Freeing the Elwha: Science
The science lessons in the Freeing the Elwha Curriculum are designed to connect students with an understanding of the natural forces that create a healthy river environment and thus healthy ocean and terrestrial environments. An essential question encompasses the entire curriculum and each lesson is led by a guiding question. Students are asked to respond to reflection questions both before and after each lesson to help organize their learning. Reflection journal questions can be complied in a notebook as notes towards the culminating research paper outlined in lesson 19. Lessons 1-19 move students from the effects of weather on water flow, through the habitat needs of salmon and the process of dam removal, to the state of the world's fisheries. Each lesson includes a PowerPoint presentation, vocabulary, and handouts. Many lessons contain simple hands-on experiments that can be easily conducted in the classroom. Math, language arts, and assessments are integrated as they fall naturally within lessons. Our goal is for each lesson to provide educators with everything they need to teach and enjoy this curriculum while students are enriched and challenged.
This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington's National Park Fund.
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.