• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • 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 »

Event Details

  • Every 2nd Tuesday of every month. from 11/12/2013 to 04/08/2014

    Location: Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362 | Map Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Dean Butterworth Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 360-565-3146

November 12, 2013

The Press Expedition's Journey through the Olympics and Its Legacy

Jon Preston, park ranger, Olympic National Park

The Press Expedition was a well-publicized marketing venture of discovery. The selling point was to lift the veil of mystery for the growing population of Puget Sound. The Olympic Mountains were one of the last crumbs of unmapped territory, and the job of exploration fell onto the backs of five "intrepid explorers" infused with, "manly vim."

December 10, 2013

Protecting Wilderness Coast and Sanctuary Waters

Steve Fradkin, PhD, Coastal Ecologist, Olympic National Park

On December 18, 2012, Coast Guard searchers found a 185-ton dock that washed out to sea during the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. Located in an extremely rugged and remote section of Olympic National Park's wilderness coast and the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, the dock posed a threat to visitor safety and had the potential to damage resources. Steve Fradkin, Olympic National Park Coastal Ecologist and a member of the multi-agency response team, will share his stories of the successful removal effort.

January 14, 2014

An Enduring Resource of Wilderness

RuthScott, Wilderness Management Specialist, Olympic National Park

Over 95% of Olympic National Park is designated Wilderness, created on November 16, 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed the Washington Park Wilderness Act. Join Ruth Scott, Olympic National Park's wilderness management specialist for an introduction to this awe inspiring place, the origins of wilderness designation and the management actions necessary to maintain the character of this "area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain".

February 11, 2014

The Wilderness Classroom of Olympic National Park

Stephen Streufert, Pacific Northwest Director, NatureBridge

Science comes alive for students attending one of NatureBridge Olympic's field science courses.NatureBridge, the principal educational partner of Olympic National Park, hosts over 4000 students on its Lake Crescent campus each year and inspires in them a love of science and wild places. For many students this is their first time in a wilderness setting and their experience empowers them with a sense of wonder for the natural world and encourages a stewardship ethic. Join Stephen Streufert for an introduction to NatureBridge programs and how the natural world can positively impact urban youth.

March 11, 2014

A Walk in the Wilderness – Good for Body and Mind

Craig Romano, Author of several guidebooks including Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula

Guidebook author Craig Romano has hiked over 16,000 miles throughout Washington, and has explored most of the trails on the Olympic Peninsula. Join him for an evening of trail talk as he shares stories of his adventures in the Wilderness areas of the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. In an increasingly mechanized and connected world, the use of wilderness for recreation, inspiration, and rejuvenation are especially important for our physical and spiritual health.

April 8, 2014

Studying Cascade Frogs in a Wilderness Laboratory

Maureen Ryan, PhD, University of Washington

Wilderness serves as an important and rare laboratory for scientists. University of Washington researcher Maureen Ryan studies Cascade frogs in Seven Lakes Basin, a popular wilderness backpacking destination. Join Dr. Ryan to lean about these mountain amphibians and how a warming climate and declining snowpack affect the seasonal pools they need to survive.


The Perspectives Winter Speaker Series takes place the second Tuesday of each month, November through April. Sponsored by Olympic National Park & the Friends of Olympic National Park.