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Wilderness 50

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Friday, September 5:

Wilderness Speakers Panel: 7:00p @ Peninsula College's Little Theater (Port Angeles)

Saturday, September 6:

Olympic National Park free entrance day!

Wilderness Filmfest at Olympic National Park Visitor Center (Port Angeles): Schedule

Hurricane Ridge Activities: Schedule

Park-wide walks, talks, and other interpretive programs: Schedule

Evening Program and Sing-along at Heart o' the Hills

Night Moon Walk (Hurricane Hill): Details

Sunday, September 7:

Guided Wilderness Hikes: Details

The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is in 2014:
  • The 1964 Wilderness Act provides the highest level of protection for some of our most iconic, wild landscapes through wilderness designation.
  • This protection means you can have your own wilderness experience, wherever you live. Your wilderness experience may be physical, digital, or other - from hiking on trails to exploring online videos and enjoying clean drinking water.
Wilderness is everyone's to share and enjoy:
  • Let's honor wilderness together - in 2014, we will honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Find out how people and parks in your area are recognizing 50 years of wilderness protection by visiting: http://www.wilderness50th.org/events.php
Wilderness is more than just forested mountains:
  • Over 80% of all National Park Service lands are managed as wilderness - including deserts, alpine meadows, tundra, lava beds, swamps, and coasts.
  • Much of this diverse wilderness also reflects thousands of years of human residence, further strengthening our connection to these special places.
Wilderness is closer than you think:
  • Enjoying wilderness doesn't have to mean a long road trip (unless you want to!) - New York City, home to over 8 million people, is only 2 hours from the wilderness in Fire Island National Seashore. Visit www.nps.gov to find a wilderness area near you.

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