Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Olympic National Park Announces Thirteenth Annual “Perspectives” Program Series
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Olympic National Park is pleased to announce this season's Perspectives series. Presenters will offer windows into a wide range of Olympic National Park topics, from sediment monitoring on the Elwha River to Japanese Tsunami Debris tracking efforts and recent archeological discoveries on the Olympic Peninsula.
"Being new to Olympic, I'm looking forward to learning more about the park," said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum."These programs are a great opportunity to do that and I invite our neighbors and community members to attend too."
Perspectives programs are held the second Tuesday of each month from November through May and are co-sponsored by the Friends of Olympic National Park.Programs are free and open to the public. They begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles. Seating is limited and attendees are urged to arrive early.
Details about this season's programs are provided below:
December 11 - It's More Than Mud: Sediment Monitoring on the Elwha River
Andy Ritchie, Hydrologist, Olympic National Park
Sediment monitoring and management is a challenging part of the Elwha River Restoration Project. The largest controlled release of sediment is occurring right now as the Glines Canyon Dam is removed on the Elwha River. Andy Ritchie will share more on the efforts that park staff is undertaking to monitor and understand this fluid situation.
January 8 - Washing Ashore On Our Wild Coast
Ian Miller, Ph.D., WA Sea Grant, University of Washington
Each winter powerful storms lash the Pacific Coast piling tons of marine trash on the beaches. The devastating March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami has focused international attention on the debris that travels across our oceans. Ian Miller will provide the latest information on the efforts to track tsunami generated marine debris.
February 12 - Extending Our Understanding: Olympic Archeology
Recent archeological discoveries in Olympic National Park confirm that for at least 8,000 years of people have made their homes in what is now Olympic National Park. Dave Conca will share what other insights these discoveries provide.
March 12 - Mapping the Human Ecology of the Olympic Peninsula
David Banis, Portland State University
Stories about the places we love provide insights into what we most value. Human Ecology Mapping or "participatory mapping" offers a promising new, more robust approach to gathering social and cultural data. David Banis will explain these new methods for mapping human-centered values on our public lands.
April 9 - From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry Through
Jacilee Wray, Anthropologist, Olympic National Park
For millennia, Native artists on Olympic Peninsula have created coiled and woven baskets using tree roots, bark, plant stems-and meticulous skill. Jacilee Wray will discuss From the Hands of a Weaver a new book she edited that presents the traditional art of basket making among the peninsula's Native peoples-particularly women-and describes the ancient, historic, and modern practices of the craft.
Did You Know?
Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.