• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements 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 »

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.


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.