National Park Week April 16-24

Olympic National Park, along with other National Park Service sites
throughout the country, will waive entrance fees April 16-24 as part of
National Park Week. The park also plans special events April 16 including
National Junior Ranger Day at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center and
Greenhouse Day, an open house at the Matt Albright Native Plant Center.
 

National Junior Ranger Day
Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite adult to the
National Junior Ranger Day celebration, scheduled for Saturday, April 16
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.

Junior Ranger Day is free and open to the public. This is the fifth year
that Olympic National Park is celebrating National Junior Ranger Day.

Special activities are scheduled throughout the day, including four
30-minute ranger-guided walks at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. Microscopes
will be set up for in-depth views of insects and plants, the Children's
Discovery Room will be open for play and exploration, and the park's
award-winning orientation film will be shown.

"If you're already a Junior Ranger, we hope you'll wear your badge and be
recognized for your achievements," said Olympic National Park
Superintendent Karen Gustin. "For all other kids, we invite you to bring
your families and join in the fun and become a Junior Ranger."

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Junior Ranger Day activities are
designed to be fun and enjoyable for adults too.

Olympic's Junior Ranger program is a special year-round way for children
and families to experience and enjoy the park. Children complete Junior
Ranger activity booklets, attend a ranger program and explore park nature
trails to earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

The Olympic National Park Visitor Center is located at 3002 Mount Angeles
Road in Port Angeles.  For more information on National Junior Ranger Day,
people may call 360-565-3146.

National Parks across the country are celebrating Junior Ranger Day with
events and programs designed around the motto: Explore, Learn, Protect: Be
a Junior Ranger.

Greenhouse Day and Open House
Olympic National Park and the non-profit partner group Friends of Olympic
National Park will host a spring open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. April
16.

The event, held at the Matt Albright Native Plant Center, is free and open
to the public. Activities planned for the afternoon include staff-led
greenhouse tours, poetry, live music and refreshments.

The native plant center is located in Robin Hill Farm County Park between
Port Angeles and Sequim. From Highway 101, take Old Olympic Highway until
the Robin Hill sign. Turn right on Vashon Road, then right on Pinnell Road.
The native plant center will be on the left.

Greenhouse tours will begin at 1:00 p.m.

At 1:15 p.m., award-winning poet Alice Derry will read a number of poems
written for the Elwha Valley, in addition to other humorous and moving
poems touching on her adventures and experiences outdoors.

Me, Myself & I, the one-man band and musical show by Mike Kampaus, will
also perform throughout the afternoon.

Find out more on the Friends' site here: www.
friendsonp.org/upcomingevents/plantnurseryapril16.html

Last year, park staff propagated more than 35,000 native plants at the
native plant center for revegetation projects throughout the park. Goals
for 2011 are even bigger: more than 60,000 plants will be propagated,
approximately 25,000 of which will be installed in the Elwha Valley this
year as revegetation begins in the Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills reservoirs.
 

Additional Event Info
Gateway Vistor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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