Ranger-led programs are available throughout the year at visitor centers and campgrounds throughout Olympic National Park. This is a great way for visitors of all ages to learn more through ranger-guided interpretive walks and evening programs.
Summer Ranger Programs
Each visitor center in the park hosts ranger walks and talks for that particular ecosystem.
At Mora and Kalaloch you can participate in beach walks that cover topics such as tide pools and marine life. At Hoh and Quinault, learn about life in the rainforests. Hurricane Ridge has talks about wildlife and walks in the mountain meadows. Staircase and Lake Crescent have programs about the forests, and at Elwha you will learn about the plight of Olympic salmon and the dam removal projects.
Most areas of the park also have evening programs in the summertime.
Winter Ranger Programs
Hurricane Ridge is the winter hub within Olympic National Park. Join a ranger on a short snowshoe walk of under a mile. You can sign up at the Hurricane Information Desk 30 minutes before the scheduled walk. Ranger-led snowshoe walks are also available for groups of 7 to 25 people with an advance reservation - call 360-565-3136.
The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club also offers skiing and snowboarding lessons starting in January when weather permits. For ski school information, call 360-452-5144.
Night Sky Programs
Winter is the rainy, cloudy season in Olympic National Park, but when summer comes along, it clears and you can see the spectacular dark blue skies dotted with stars. The best place in the park to see the skies is up in the high elevations of Hurricane Ridge. Join a Master Observer at Hurricane Ridge for an evening of astronomy and star-gazing at a Hurricane Ridge Astronomy Program, or follow along on a full moon hike in the mountains. Remember that the higher elevations are cooler and nighttime temperatures average 30F to 50F in the summer. Dress warm.
Ranger Talk and Walk Schedules
A schedule of events is located in the park's official newspaper, The Bugler. You can check the list in advance and plan ahead to organize your day. Evening programs are a fun way to close out a long day, and at times, rangers offer star talks, a special treat for urban visitors unused to the bright stars found in skies away from city lights. Some walks require reservations, so you’ll need to make arrangements early to avoid disappointment.