Olympic National Park Ranger Programs & Education

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Ranger Programs

Olympic National Park is approximately 366,000 acres large and showcases various unique ecosystems. Whether you are beneath the forest canopy or on the shore, a great way to learn about the nature and wildlife around you is to attend a program led by a friendly Olympic National Park Ranger. Be sure to check “The Olympic National Park Bugler” or any campground information board for times and dates of each program.

What are the best ranger programs in Olympic National Park?

Rain Forest Walk
Explore the mysteries of the Hoh Rainforest with a guided ranger tour. Learn about the giant mossy trees, the unique wildlife, and how this unique ecosystem works on this 1 1/2-hour easy walk on either the Hall of Mosses or Spruce Nature Trail. 

  • Season: Year round 
  • Location: Meet at the Hoh Visitor Center 
  • Cost: Free

Mora Tide Pool or Beach Walk
Get up close and personal with the various, interesting creatures that live on Mora Beach. Starfish, anemones, and otters are often seen on this walk, with whales and eagles being rare, but delightful sights. 

  • Season: Year round (or based on weather) 
  • Location: Meet by the Hole-in-the-Wall arch, one mile north of Rialto Beach Parking Lot. 
  • Cost: Free

Hurricane Ridge Astronomy Program
Far from the glare of city lights, Hurricane Ridge is a great place to see the bright stars by eye and by telescope. Wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight, this program includes a three mile hike. 

  • Season: Summer only 
  • Location: Hurricane Ridge 
  • Cost: Free

Lake Crescent - Marymere Falls Walk
The Marymere Falls Walk is a one hour, ranger guided tour of the serene Marymere waterfall and of the old growth forest surrounding it. 

  • Season: Year round 
  • Location: Meet at Storm King Ranger Station 
  • Cost: Free

Staircase Campfire Program
Kids and Adults will enjoy this community gathering around the campfire for some stories and activities. 

  • Season: Summer 
  • Location: Staircase Amphitheatre 
  • Cost: Free