Olympic National Park is launching a new Junior Ranger program called Ocean Stewards, the park announced Tuesday. Ocean Stewards is a free self-guided program for people 4 and older.
According to a statement released by the park, “the new Ocean Stewards program is designed to be a fun and hands-on way for children to learn about the web of life within the park and how to explore safely, as well as understand how they can help protect the park.”
Like other Junior Ranger programs, participants use an activity booklet designed by the park. Booklets are available at park visitor centers and ranger stations throughout the park and online at http://www.nps.gov/olym/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm.
Olympic National Park’s annual Barn Day is April 12 and will present an opportunity for horsemen and stock users of all experience levels to learn about backcountry travel.
The event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elwha Barn, located on Whiskey Bend Road off of Olympic Hot Springs Road, approximately seven miles west of Port Angeles.
Workshops include packing, trail equipment, leave-no-trace techniques and trail etiquette. Participants should bring their own stock animals.
Nicki Hugie-Terry of Tumwater won Saturday’s Yakima River Canyon Marathon to lead a strong showing by South Sound runners.
Hugie-Terry finished the race in 2 hours, 59 minute, 2 seconds, a time that was faster than all but two of the men. Annie Thiessen of Tacoma was second in the women’s race in 3:13:02.
Michelle Brown of Tacoma was seventh in the women’s race at 3:23:01.
Tony Phillippi of Tacoma was fourth in the men’s race in 3:06:42. Phillippi, 52, was third in the masters division.
Scott Travera 23-year-old from Spokane, finished first in the 395-runner field with a time of 2:43:57.
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