Exploring Olympic National Park provides practical, first-hand experience that reinforces concepts introduced in the classroom. Education programs are available and based from the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles (see park map). Education Rangers construct programs following the State of Washington Standards of Learning guidelines as well as best educational practices. Before your arrival, check out some important safety considerations when planning a field trip.Program Topics
The program takes place at Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and involves two separate activity stations and a ranger-led nature/geology walk. In the first activity, the Properties of Rocks, Students investigate individual rocks and observe the materials that make up different types of rocks. The second activity, A Miasma of Rock Sizes, students learn how scientists categorize rocks by different sizes in order to better understand how rocks interact with their surrounding environments.
The insect program compliments the Insects FOSS Science Kits. Consisting of a nature walk, microscope investigation time, and educational games, the insects program is a fun, interactive learning experience.
Working with the Feiro Marine Life Center and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the N.O.W. Science program is an inquiry based exploration of the Peabody Creek watershed. Students start their watershed investigation at the Olympic National Park visitor center in Port Angeles. While hiking along Peabody Creek, students collect three data sets concerning water quality and watershed health. Students then analyze their data to form conclusions about the creek's health.
Program investigates the diversity of plants within Olympic National Park as well as the basics of plant reproduction. Through guided and unguided observations, students will increase their understanding of the plants of the Pacific Northwest, understand how scientists use a variety of tools and equipment to assist with the scientific process, as well as realize that the scientific method begins with observations and questioning.