WEEKEND: Olympic National Park to offer free activities, fee waiver to fete Wilderness Act’s 50th

Peninsula Daily News

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, Sept. 5.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Free activities are planned today through Sunday in Olympic National Park to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Park fees will be waived Saturday. The usual fee of $15 per vehicle or $5 for those on foot, bicycles or motorcycles will be in effect today and Sunday.

A panel discussion on the Wilderness Act — which was signed Sept. 3, 1964 — will begin the commemoration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

The discussion of the Wilderness Act, which will be moderated by Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, will be at the Little Theater on the Port Angeles Peninsula College campus, 1502 Lauridsen Blvd.

A reception will follow in the college’s Pirate Union Building.

Confirmed speakers include Sequim author and poet Tim McNulty; Shelley Spalding, Great Old Broads for Wilderness board member; David Louter, National Park Service Pacific West Region cultural resources director; and Erin Reading, wilderness ranger.

Janine Ledford, director of the Makah Cultural and Research Center, and Frances Charles, chairwoman of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, also have been invited.

Audience questions will be encouraged.

Saturday activities

Photos, films, talks and guided walks are set for Saturday, when entrance fees are waived.

■ 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Ongoing slide show of wilderness photos, “Your Wilderness, Your Image,” at the park visitor center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road.

■ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Films with wilderness themes shown every hour at the park visitor center.

The 1952 Disney two-reel short “The Olympic Elk,” filmed by wildlife photographer Herb Crisler, will be at 10 a.m.; “Wild by Law” at 11 a.m.; “Mosaic of Diversity” at noon; “American Values, American Wilderness,” 1 p.m.; historic footage of Justice William O. Douglas’ 1958 hike along the Olympic National Park coast, 2 p.m.; and “Managing a Remnant of the Wilderness” at 3 p.m.

■ 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Wilderness talks and walks at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, at the end of Hurricane Ridge Road south of Port Angeles.

Terrace Talks are set for 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Meadow Walks will be at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

■ 1 p.m. — Rainforest walk at Quinault Rain Forest ranger station.

■ 2 p.m. — Rainforest walk, Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, at the end of Upper Hoh Road off U.S. Highway 101 south of Forks; ranger’s favorites program at Kalaloch.

■ 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — “Mountain Music,” Dan Lieberman and Friends sing-along, at the Heart o’ the Hills campground amphitheater.

■ 7:30 p.m. — An evening program at Altair Campground in the Elwha River Valley west of Port Angeles.

■ 7:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. — “Moon walk” led by astronomer John Goar on Hurricane Hill Trail from 7:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

If skies are cloudy, the program will be canceled. For program status, phone 360-565-3131 after 3 p.m. Saturday.

■ 8 p.m. — Programs at Lake Crescent Lodge; Sol Duc Campground; Mora Campground off LaPush Road near Forks; Hoh Rain Forest Campground amphitheater; Kalaloch Campground amphitheater.

Sunday activities

■ 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Ongoing slide show of wilderness photos, “Your Wilderness, Your Image,” at the park visitor center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road.

■ Guided wilderness hikes will be available along the Elwha River Trail, Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail, Hurricane Hill Trail and Third Beach Trail.

The lengths of the hike, their difficulty level and times vary.

Group size is limited to 12 people, and reservations are required by calling Ruth Scott, wilderness specialist, at 360-565-3071.

For more information about the celebratory weekend, visit http://tinyurl.com/PDN-wilderness50.

Last modified: September 04. 2014 5:37PM
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