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Partners in the Parks: Olympic National Park
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Described by the National Park Service as “a land of contrast and variety”, Olympic National Park reveals diversity in all forms. Students will move throughout Olympic NP over the course of our week together exploring the diverse ecosystems of the park and learning from a variety of individuals who can help us understand what a National Park really “is” and “does” and how this park is meeting its own mission.

 Export to Your Calendar 7/22/2018 to 7/27/2018
When: July 22-27, 2018
Where: Olympic National Park
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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A key to understanding Olympic is exposure to the physical variety of the park. Visit the rugged Pacific coast, the remarkable river valleys, and the dramatic vistas of the alpine environment. Registrants will be based in three different sections of the park, spending some nights in a tent campground in close proximity to the beautiful Olympic high country, some nights under the lush forest canopy in the river valleys, and one night backpacking the wild and rugged Olympic coastline.


Tentative Itinerary 

(Note that we recommend students arrive in Seattle no later than Saturday July 21st, and plan to depart no earlier than Saturday July 28th, as travel times to/from the NP can be unpredictable.)


Monday, July 23 : Seattle to Olympic
- 8:00 AM: meet at University of Washington

- Drive to Olympic National Park

- Introductions and program orientation

- Afternoon hike in Hurricane Ridge area with NPS or UW partner
- Lodging: Heart o’ the Hills Campground, Port Angeles

Tuesday, July 24 : The High Country
- All day hike in the Hurricane Ridge area with NPS or UW partner 
- Lodging: Heart o’ the Hills Campground, Port Angeles

Wednesday, July 25: The Rivers  
- Pack up camp and move to Sol Duc CG

- Afternoon hike and exploration of river systems via the Marymere Falls Trail and Sol Duc River Trail
- Lodging: Sol Duc Campground

Thursday, July 26: The Coast
- Drive to Lake Ozette

- Backpack Ozette Loop to the coast with NPS partner

- Lodging: backcountry sites on the coast

Friday, July 27: The Coast to the Lakes
- Return from backpack to Lake Ozette

- Drive to Lake Crescent

- Afternoon/evening: Lake Crescent/Sol Duc area 

- Evening: sharing of inspiration projects and group reflection

- Lodging: Sol Duc Campground

Saturday, July 28: Returning home
- Morning kayak at 
Lake Crescent
- Return to UW Campus in Seattle by 6:00 p.m. 


Program Size 10 Students
NCHC Member Price $600 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1200 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register June 22, 2018





Trip Facilitators

Aley Willis, University of Washington

Laura Harrington, University of Washington

Brook Kelly, University of Washington

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