Library, Olympic National Park team up for Poetry Walks

The North Olympic Library System is teaming up with Olympic National Park this spring to offer a second season of poetry walks. This year’s program will run through June 14, featuring poetry placed along four trails in the park.

During Poetry Walks, poems will be placed on signs along the Living Forest Trail, the Madison Creek Falls Trails, the Peabody Creek Trail and Spruce Railroad Trail.

Access to all four trails is free.

The Living Forest and Peabody Creek trails begin at Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, and offer 0.5-mile loops. In the spring, skunk cabbage, a native plant found along streams and other wet areas of the woods, blooms and provides vibrant color (and possibly scent) along the trails.

The Madison Creek Falls Trail is located in the Elwha Valley and offers a paved 200-foot walk to the base of the waterfall.

The Spruce Railroad Trail, on which bicycles and pets are permitted, begins at the end of East Beach Road on the north side of Lake Crescent and follows an old railroad bed for 4 miles.

Poets featured along the trails include Emily Brontë, Carlos Castaneda, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein and Gary Snyder.

The Poetry Walks program is offered free to the public thanks to the support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. More information about the trails and areas of Olympic National Park can be found at nols.org and nps.com/olym.


Staffers at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks are encouraging everyone to find their park and share their stories online at findyourpark.com. Launched in March by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the upcoming centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place — it can be a feeling, a state of mind or a sense of American pride, according to a Park Service news release. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

“Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year’s National Park Week, running Saturday, April 26.

Entrance fees at all parks will be waived Saturday and April 19.

At Olympic, children and their families were invited to join in Saturday’s celebration of National Junior Ranger Day at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles.

There are no special National Park Week activities planned at Mount Rainier.


The first trail work party led by Mount Rainier National Park Associates will be on April 25. The group and volunteers will be working on the Trail of the Shadows at Longmire, building the approaches to a new boardwalk and repairing some winter flood damage.

Participants will meet in the Longmire parking lot, near the museum between 8:30-9 a.m. It will be a very short hike to the work sites.

Workers should bring a warm jacket, a full set of rain gear, work gloves, a lunch and something to drink.

If you plan to attend the work party, contact volunteer coordinator John Titland at volunteer@mrnpa.org. You should indicate how many people will be joining you.