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Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005PORT ANGELES, WA: The public is invited to join park staff as they officially unveil new interpretive exhibits at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park on April 20th at 1:00 p.m. These artistic, hands-on exhibits offer multiple layers of discovery that interpret stories of the seen and unseen worlds of the Hoh Rain Forest, from the river and forest communities to the elusive canopy and soil ecosystems.
“Area artists and photographers wonderfully enhanced this project,” said Olympic National Park Visual Information Specialist Janet Scharf. “Incorporating the work of local talent is an ongoing goal for the park’s exhibit projects.”
One of the challenges of this project was sharing the many intriguing stories in a relatively small exhibit space. The solution was to create an exploratory experience for diverse audiences of all ages and abilities. Visitors will find an engaging array of hands-on models such as a river otter, banana slug and Townsend’s mole; an immersive nook with expansive hand-painted murals; and an interactive rotational feature depicting the rain forest succession from fallen trees to nurse logs to colonnades.
The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and daily beginning May 25. Normal park entrance fees apply.
For more information please call the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center at 360-374-6925 or the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 360-565-3130.
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