Summer Field Research in Olympic National Park

The Olympic Field Research Course lasts for two weeks and is both physically and intellectually challenging. After spending a couple of days acclimatizing at our Barnes Point campus on Lake Crescent, The research expedition will hike and camp through the Olympic Wilderness up the Quinault River, over the Low Divide, and down the Elwha River, retracing (in reverse) the route of the Seattle Press Expedition of 1889-90, the first European crossing of the Olympic Mountains.

Part of the journey takes you through the Elwha River Valley where the largest dam removal in U.S. history is currently underway, offering an incredible living laboratory and monumental restoration project. During this expedition, you will take part in National Park Service research projects and then carry out a project based on your own interests. At the end of the course, you will present your research to scientists, NatureBridge staff, and fellow students. Parents are also invited to attend these presentations on the last day of the course.

Research teams consist of 10 students and two NatureBridge field science educators. Everyone does their part to ensure that camps are set up, dinner is ready on time, and research objectives are met. There is also plenty of time in each day to enjoy the natural beauty of Olympic National Park and each other’s company.

Program Contact Info
First Name: 
Sam
Last Name: 
Drucker
Title: 
Director of Outreach and Enrollment
Location: 
111 Barnes Point Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363
United States
Program Details
Year Established: 
2013
Program Focus: 
General Science
Girls served annually: 
4
Does your program focus on serving youth with disabilities?: 
No
Organization Info
Organization Name: 
NatureBridge
Organization Contact Info
First Name: 
Sam
Last Name: 
Drucker
Title: 
Director of Outreach and Enrollment
Location: 
1402 Third Ave. Suite 618
Seattle, WA
United States
Phone: 121E+12
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