Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14
To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »
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 »
Openings Still Available in Two-Week Summer Teen Program at NatureBridge in Olympic National Park
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
NatureBridge still has a few open spots for the Summer Field Research Course at its Olympic National Park campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give high school students the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in the country.
Modeled on the successful program at NatureBridge's Yosemite campus, the course offers an intensive teen summer science adventure. High school students will work with National Park Service scientists, using cutting-edge technology to produce their own ecological research project.The research will be included with a backpacking trip across the Olympic Mountains and ending at the Elwha River, where the largest dam removal in U.S. history is underway.
"Our teen participants will learn critical thinking skills and improve their scientific literacy and confidence," said Jen Kidder, course director. "The course is student-centered, inquiry-based scientific learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can transfer to high school, college and beyond."
"We appreciate the many opportunities that NatureBridge provides for students and youth to learn about Olympic National Park," added Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.
The Summer Field Research Course will take place July 14-26, 2013. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge at 206-382-6212 extension 13 or email@example.com or register online at naturebridge.org/discoversummer.
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental field science education for students in the world's best classrooms—our national parks. Through residential education programs, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of theNational Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. NatureBridge also offers professional development opportunities for teachers and family and youth programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.More information is available at www.naturebridge.org.
Did You Know?
The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.