Social Media

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How you post about Olympic National Park on social media can have real-world consequences.

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Reduce the Impact of Social Media

Social media may have a bigger impact on wild places than you might think. Behaviors that alone have very little impact on the environment are spread and amplified on social media.

  • Encourage positive behavior! Posting about conservation, Leave No Trace, and safety helps us spread and support the mission of the National Park Service. Negative behavior in a national park is not great, but promoting negative behavior on social media is even worse! Please don't approach wildlife and please don't post pictures that encourage others to do so!
  • Be mindful of what your images portray. Do you really want to share illegal or unsafe behavior? You might like to free-solo up mountains without a helmet or whitewater raft without a life jacket, but be cautious promoting dangerous activities without context. Also, don't be the person who posts a selfie while feeding wildlife. If park staff sees those kinds of posts you may receive a citation in the mail.
  • Do you have a permit for that? Commercial services are carefully regulated in national parks because no one wants to see these wild places overrun with advertising. Commercial photographers, product ambassadors, influencers, and other marketers should check out Olympic's Permits page for more information.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. We know you want to get that perfect photo or video, but remember to take a look around first. We don't want you to slip, trip, or fall!

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Social Media Commenting Policy

While social media platforms are an open forum, they are also family friendly. Please keep your comments clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines. If you don't comply, your message will be removed.

We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit, or racist comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

Participate in social media at your own risk, taking responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

Finally, the appearance of external links on this site does not constitute an official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Last updated: December 5, 2022

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