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10 Great Kids Activities at National Parks

March 9, 2012, 2:34 pm
Whether it is this weekend or any weekend, America’s national parks offer endless activities the whole family can enjoy. Here are ten fun-packed national park adventures for kids and families: Acadia National Park, Maine Sea-life bingo keeps youngsters excited tallying green sea urchins, orange sea stars, and other curious marine creatures that reside ...

Olympic National Park reopens Whiskey Bend Road

February 2, 2012, 12:13 pm
The popular trail is one of area's best winter hikes Olympic National Park officials have reopened the Whiskey Bend Road, restoring access to one of winter's best day-hiking and backpacking trails. The gravel and dirt road has been closed since a storm in December 2010, took out a portion of the ...

Expert Says Olympic National Park Glaciers are Shrinking

January 17, 2012, 2:07 pm
The glaciers in the North Olympic Peninsula's national park have shrunk by an average of 15 percent of their mass since the 1980s. “One glacier has completely disappeared,” Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park physical scientist, told a standing-room crowd of at least 100 people at the park's Visitor's Center. Ferry Glacier, ...

U.S. Route 101 circles the Olympic splendor

November 11, 2011, 10:09 am
While the true Olympic experience can only be found through a deeper exploration into one of the Washington peninsula's temperate rainforests, a cursory journey along U.S. Route 101 offers a scenic taste. A late spring snow remains on the peaks as I begin my trek from the south, visiting the ...

Hoh comes alive (with elk and raindrops) in fall

September 29, 2011, 1:24 pm
Tourists rush to the Hoh Rain Forest during the summer, but they don't see the best of this natural wonder. The fall season seems more ethereal. The bugle of Roosevelt elk echoes throughout this lush landscape of giant hemlock and spruce. There's the slow drip, drip, drip from soaked tapestries ...

Elwah River Dam Removal Begins at Olympic National Park

September 16, 2011, 1:03 pm
History will be made today as the largest dam removal in the nation's history begins on the Elwha River. An excavator equipped with a large hammer will chisel its way into the top of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam, marking the beginn­ing of the end of nearly a century of ...

Olympic National Park Quarter release set for June 14

June 13, 2011, 9:07 am
On June 14, there will be a “quarter launch” event at the Port Angeles City Pier on at 11 a.m. to celebrate the release of the Olympic National Park quarter. The U.S. Mint and will launch the third new quarter of 2011. Speakers will include Park Superintendent Karen Gustin ...

Top Ten: Winter Weekend Getaways from the City

February 18, 2011, 8:22 am
Sometimes living in a big city can make nature seem so far away. In honor of Presidents Day, we’ve decided to compile a list of parks that are located close to major metropolitan areas and perfect for a winter weekend getaway. So strap on your snowshoes and grab your ...

Winter is Hurricane season at Olympic National Park

January 27, 2011, 9:45 am
Winter at Olyimpic National Park conjures up images of pounding surf on wilderness beaches. But many people don't realize the Western Washington park also offers stunning winter alpine beauty served by the plowed road to Hurricane Ridge. Bring your skis or snowshoes if you visit this winter paradise, which is ...

Four Washington destinations that offer naturalist-led snowshoe hikes

January 24, 2011, 10:22 am
Here are some opportunities for guided snowshoe hikes in Washington's national parks and national forests: HURRICANE RIDGE in Olympic National Park Snowshoe walks for individuals and families will be offered at 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays, beginning on Friday, Dec. 10, through March 27 at the visitor ...

Fishers in Washington

September 17, 2010, 12:43 pm
The fisher is a large, stocky, dark brown member of the weasel family, and is related to the mink, otter and marten. About the size of a house cat, the fisher has a long bushy tail, short rounded ears, short legs, and a low-to-the-ground appearance. Historically, fishers occurred throughout ...

Olympic National Park Kicks Off Marmot Monitoring Project

August 16, 2010, 1:02 pm
More than 100 people have begun training as volunteer marmot monitors to study the endemic mammals' population size and distribution throughout the park. Teams of volunteer “citizen scientists” began training last month as part of a volunteer project to monitor populations of Olympic marmots (Marmota olympus) in Olympic National Park. Thanks ...

U.S. hopes dams' demolition will let salmon return

April 12, 2010, 3:51 pm
They were known as June Hogs - 100-pound salmon that, when stood on end, were taller than a man. Up until a century ago, they returned annually to the Elwha River on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula in runs so huge homesteaders reported the river turned into a wiggling mass from ...

Last summer for Elwha River dams

April 7, 2010, 7:06 am
Olympic National Park is gearing up for the "Last Dam Summer," and park officials have begun distributing 5,000 buttons with the message commemorating next year's dismantling of the Elwha River dams. The buttons tout a slogan focusing that summer 2010 will be the last before the dam removal project starts ...

Olympic National Park: A must-see for nature-loving families

March 25, 2010, 7:14 am
Olympic National Park, located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, is an outdoor paradise. Best known for its rare temperate rain forest, the park actually contains three distinct ecosystems: old-growth forest, rugged coastal beaches, and snow-capped mountains. Plus there are rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs, all fed by the region's ...