Anniversary events next week for Olympic National Park

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This sidebar story accompanies today's "Guest Opinion — A Planetary Legacy: Olympic National Park Turns 75 Years Old."

Want to know more about Olympic National Park on its Diamond Anniversary?

A special section celebrating the park and its creation June 29, 1938, will be part of the print edition of the Peninsula Daily News this Sunday (June 29). It will also be posted later at this website.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK not only is commemorating its creation at the pen of President Franklin D. Roosevelt 75 years ago this month, but it is also noting the 56th anniversary of a major component to its success, the Student Conservation Association.

Olympic is the only national park in the nation to host SCA students every year since the first 34 youths went to work in June 1957.

Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, SCA founder Liz Putnam and SCA Northwest Vice President Jay Satz will keynote a brown-bag lunch at the park's visitor center on Mount Angeles Road, just south of Park Avenue in Port Angeles, at noon Tuesday (June 25).

Then, on the anniversary of the date of FDR's signature to enabling legislation, Creachbaum will hold a meet-and-greet session with the public on Saturday, June 29.

The event will be held at Lake Crescent Lodge from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The lodge, 15 miles west of Port Angeles off U.S. Highway 101, will show historical memorabilia and offer refreshments between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

But the best of the park — nature itself — is featured in the numerous nature walks and evening talks at locations throughout the million-acre park.

In addition, admission is free into the park on the June 29 anniversary so everyone can partake.

For a complete list of locations and times of these walks and campfires, go to

Last modified: June 20. 2013 8:28PM
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