• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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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.

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?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.