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Freedom! The Elwha River Five Years Later

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NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

111 Barnes Point Road

Port Angeles, WA 98363

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This workshop is designed for teachers working with K - 12 students.

Five years after the final dam was removed, explore the fluorishing estuary and dynamic riparian habitat of the Elwha River Watershed in Olympic National Park. Through lectures, meaningful games and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Learn about the Elwha River's history, ecosystem benefits and losses during 100 years of being dammed.
  • Use a model of the Elwha's upper watershed to understand how engineers made decisions that guided dam deconstruction.
  • Discuss baseline data collected by scientists prior to dam removal using standard field study protocols.
  • Explore the former Elwha Dam site, the recently exposed lakebed of Lake Aldwell, and new deposited landforms at the river's mouth.
  • Develop an investigative question to document changes in vegetation, sediment, or water quality of the dynamic river five years after the final barrier was removed. Practice data collection using standard field study tools.
  • Gather resources about the Elwha River Restoration to engage your students in understanding why the Elwha matters.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the NatureBridge campus

1. What are the sleeping arrangements? Participants sleep in heated dorm-style historic cabins with several bunk beds in each bedroom. Three to four adults will be assigned to each room.

2. Do the historic cabins have bathrooms? Yes. Each historic cabin has a toilet and sink. Showers are available in the bathhouse in the student cabin area.

3. Can I choose my roommate? Yes. Please give your preference when you register.

4. Are the cabins locked? No, historic cabins do not lock from the outside. Doors do lock from the inside. Please ask NatureBridge staff to show you a locked closet where your valuables can be stored.

5. Are linens provided? Yes. NatureBridge provides fitted and flat sheets, pillow case, pillow, comforter, and one towel. However, many participants strongly prefer bringing their own bedding for personal comfort.

6. Can we pitch tents or park RVs on campus or in the parking area? No. The closest campgrounds are at Fairholme, Shadow Mountain, and Log Cabin Resort.

7. What is the weather like at the NatureBridge campus on Barnes Point? Campus has a moderate marine climate with pleasant summers (50 - 70 degrees F) and mild, wet winters (35 to 45 degrees F). Average rainfall is more than 60”/year. Check out the recent history of weather on Barnes Point here.

8. What clothing should I bring to be comfortable? Participants may be outdoors from 9 am to 4 pm expected to hike a few miles each day and to stand along the trail for extended periods of time. Bring comfortable hiking/walking shoes, non-cotton socks, and three layers of clothing: base layer, insulating layer, and outer/weather resistant layer. Participants will receive a detailed packing list prior to arrival.

9. What is the alcohol policy for adults on the NatureBridge campus? No alcohol is permitted when student groups are on campus. Nearby, Lake Crescent Lodge, open April through October, has a full bar open to the public until 9 or 10 pm.

10. What is the smoking policy on the NatureBridge campus? All buildings are no smoking areas. Smoking tobacco is permitted only in the general campus parking lot. Marijuana products are not allowed on federal land, which includes all parts of the NatureBridge campus.

11. What do we need to know about safety? The workshop introduction includes a safety briefing for participants. NatureBridge educators have Wilderness First Responder certification. Calling 911 from cell phones or campus land lines alerts local resources. The nearest hospital is in Port Angeles, 30 minutes from campus.

11. Is there cell phone reception on the NatureBridge campus? Yes, most cell phones receive and send from our campus. There is a landline located in the Rosemary Inn Fireside Room.

12. Does NatureBridge have wifi with Internet access? Wifi is available in the main buildings where workshops take place; however, wifi is not available in the standard or historic cabins where participants sleep.

14. Can we bring pets? Our campus does not allow pets in any of the buildings. Dogs can be on leash on the NatureBridge campus and on certain designated trails; however, they are not allowed on any major trails in Olympic National Park.

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NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

111 Barnes Point Road

Port Angeles, WA 98363

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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