• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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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 »

Wilderness School

Wilderness School (WS) is a work-in-progress youth summer program. Right now, Olympic is collaborating with park partners, NatureBridge and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), to provide a group of high school youth from diverse local communities in Washington State with a life-changing experience at our park. Youth and their leaders will live and work for two weeks increasing their environmental and historical knowledge of this iconic park while participating in conservation and environmental science projects. In doing so, they will develop deep personal connections with Olympic NP and hopefully return for years to come as park stewards.

"[I]t's made me realize how much I love the outdoors and makes me want to get back out to the woods as soon as possible. [A]lso, it made me view the world differently."
- SCA Crew Member Sara Wall, speaking of her experience last summer at Olympic NP.

This program is a natural progression of Pathways for Youth at Olympic National Park. Accomplished WS students are on the right track to complete their senior culminating project (Marine Debris Ambassadors or Adopt-A-Trail Youth Crew) at Olympic and eventually move into volunteer internships and seasonal employment with the National Park Service.

Check back for updates on this program. As funding becomes available, we will announce an application deadline.

Did You Know?

white flower

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.