• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 »

Freeing the Elwha: Social Studies

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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?

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Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.