Nature

Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. The park protects 922,651 acres, encompassing three distinctly different ecosystems: rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coast, and magnificent old-growth temperate rain forest.

These three ecosystems contain a unique array of habitats and life forms resulting from thousands of years of geographic isolation and extreme gradients of elevation, temperature, and precipitation.

Learn more about the natural world of Olympic National Park below.
 
Marmot sitting on a rock outcrop.

Animals

The park is home to hundreds of animals, from mollusks to mammals.

Flowers with white petals and yellow centers

Plants

More than 1,100 species of plants live in Olympic's meadows and forests.

Columns of gray rocks extend upward on a cliff face.

Geology

Learn more about the fascinating geology of Olympic National Park.

White mushrooms growing out of a log.

Fungi

Olympic National Park’s forested ecosystems would be nothing like they are today without fungi. Learn more here!

Snowy mountain scene with fir trees

Environmental Factors

Rain, snow, wind, waves, and sun shape Olympic's life and landscapes.

Small rocky islands along the ocean coast

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Explore Olympic's rivers, lakes, waterfalls, forests, glaciers, and Pacific coast.

Smoke from a wild fire drifts up from a forested ridge.

Wildland Fire

Fires occur naturally here, despite high precipitation.

Last updated: October 17, 2022

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