• 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: Social Studies


The social studies lessons in the Freeing the Elwha Curriculum will guide students on a voyage of discovery through the rigors of homesteading and community development to their final destination as stakeholders in a debate over dam removal. The curriculum also provides a look into the importance of salmon to the indigenous people of the Elwha River. 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. The lessons in the social studies units will help students prepare and meet many of the Washington State classroom-based assessments (CBAs). Handouts, grading rubrics and web links are provided so that each lesson is ready to teach and enjoy as needed.


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Did You Know?

View of the Elwha Valley

Did you know that in 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The Olympic Wilderness is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. More...