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Public Invited to Enjoy National Public Lands Day with Special Activities and Free Park Entrance

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Date: September 20, 2011
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-457-0715

This Saturday, September 24 is National Public Lands Day 2011 and visitors are invited to enjoy America's natural wonders as they work to improve public lands. Olympic National Park and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will celebrate National Public Lands Day at Kalaloch, where the land meets the sea.  

"We invite visitors and neighbors to come enjoy the park this Saturday for National Public Lands Day," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. "Entrance fees will not be charged and a full day of special visitor activities is planned at Kalaloch."

Activities are scheduled throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Kalaloch campground as listed below.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m: By Land, By Air, By Sea, and Coastal Debris
National Park rangers and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary educators will be available with displays at the campground day use picnic area where visitors can explore coastal stories or earn their Junior Ranger Badge.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m: Coast and Campground Clean-up
After a busy summer season, this is an opportunity to volunteer to help clean-up the Kalaloch beach and campground areas. Visitors may do this on their own, and are invited to join a ranger for a two-hour clean-up from 12pm-2pm. Volunteer sign up forms and garbage bags will be available in the campground day use picnic area.

8:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m: The Giving Sea
This evening program at the Kalaloch Amphitheater is about the "give and take" of our relationship with our one great ocean.

All Day: Spend the day outside!
The Kalaloch area is full of sights and sounds to enjoy - options include strolling on the beach; visiting the Big Cedar Tree, following a nature trail through a coastal rain forest or relaxing on a bluff as the sun sets over Destruction Island.

Other park areas offer their own special opportunities, from rain forests along the Hoh and Quinault Rivers to subalpine meadows at Hurricane Ridge to the quiet shorelines of Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette.

Did You Know?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.