National Park

Poems bloom in spring in Olympic National Park

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK – Poetry complements nature starting today as the Northern Olympic Library System and Olympic National Park work together to deliver the annual Poetry Walks.

This year’s program will continue until May 31 on five trails in the park.

“The library and Olympic hope the playful combination of nature and art will encourage residents and visitors to get outside and be active, and remind them of two great local resources that are always available to explore,” said Clair Dunlap. , librarian, in a statement. Release.

Poems will punctuate the landscape along the Peabody Creek Trail and Living Forest Trail near the park’s Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles, as well as the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Madison Creek Falls Trail in Elwha Valley. and the Spruce Railroad Trail near Lake Crescent.

With the exception of the Hall of Mosses Trail, access is free.

Poets featured along the trails include Mary Oliver, Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, and Sequim’s Tim McNulty, among others.

“Those who find themselves inspired to write a poem or take a photo during one of the Poetry Walks are encouraged to share it on the NOLS Facebook page or share it with their friends on Twitter using #FindYourPark,” Dunlap said. .

The Living Forest and Peabody Creek trails from the park’s Visitor Center offer half-mile loops and are lined with skunk cabbage in bloom in the spring.

The Madison Creek Falls Trail is a 200 foot paved walk to the base of the falls.

The Hall of Mosses Trail is a 0.8 mile loop trail that passes through bigleaf maples and Sitka spruces covered in green and brown moss.

It starts near the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, which requires a regular park entrance fee to access.

The Spruce Railroad Trail follows the historic Spruce Railroad along the north shore of Lake Crescent for 4 miles one way. It offers multiple beach access points as well as views of the Punchbowl, Mount Storm King, and Barnes Point.

More information can be found at www.nols.org and www.nps.gov/olym.

The timing of Poetry Walks is no coincidence, Dunlap said. April is National Poetry Month and National Parks Week is April 16-24.

National Parks Week is celebrated in all National Park areas nationwide and offers free admission to all National Park units on Saturday, April 16. The theme for this year’s National Parks Week is Park Connections, and Sunday, April 17 is all about Park Creativity.

NOLS – which oversees libraries in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay – organizes the Fierce and Fabulous Movement Challenge. The program, which began March 1 and runs through May 3, encourages adults ages 18 and older to create and maintain new healthy habits and movement goals.

“Participating in one of the Poetry Walks can count towards badges for movement activities and move participants closer to drawing entry to an Olympic National Park annual pass,” Dunlap said.

To register and for more information, go to www.nols.org/movement-challenge.

Clallam County Public Libraries also offer hiking guides, trail maps, wildlife guides, and poetry volumes at checkout.

They also offer Explore Olympic! backpacks—full of discovery tools for exploring the park, including trail and field guides, binoculars, and reading material for children.

Thanks to a donation from the National Park Fund of Washington, a family checking out a pack will receive a seven-day pass to Olympic National Park.

The Poetry Walks program is offered free to the public through the support of local Friends of the Library groups.