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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park covers a large wilderness area with different habitats, from craggy rock beaches to temperate mossy rain forests, glacier-covered mountains (snow on them year round) and groves of old-growth trees, some up to 1,000 years old. There’s plenty of hikes for kids in the park, and keep your eyes peeled for elk, deer, bald eagles, Olympic marmots, and fluffy white mountain goats.
Tip: Olympic National Park is quite spread out, so allow plenty of time to visit different areas when planning your visit.
Olympic National Park Photo Album
    Olympic National Park Visitor Center
    Hurricane Ridge
    Lake Crescent
    Sol Duc Valley
    Hoh Rain Forest
    Ruby Beach & Kalaloch
    Tips Olympic National Park with kids
kids books olympic national park
Who Pooped in the Park  
Who Pooped in the Park?
Gary D. Robson, Robert Rath

Find out about animals that live in Olympic National Park, by following their tracks and scat (poop) – elk, mule deer, coyotes, brown bats, short-tailed weasels, spotted owls, raccoons, and black bears. (Picture book)


Ancient Ones
Barbara Bash

Before you take a hike in Olympic National Park, experience the world of old growth forests, the rise and fall of the mighty Douglas fir, teeming wildlife in the branches high above, flying squirrels, woodpeckers, spotted owls, and on the forest floor, yellow banana slugs. (Picture book)


Ancient Ones Vancouver Island childrens books
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?  
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?
Jennifer Blomgren, Andrea Gabriel

A seed in the forest grows into a fir tree two hundred feet tall. The tree is home to salamanders and bears under the roots, birds and bats, lichen and mosses, pine martens, spotted owls, flying squirrels on its branches, and white butterflies in the upper boughs. (Picture book)


Salmon Creek
Annette LeBox, Karen Reczuch

On the Sol Duc River, every year coho salmon return to spawn. Beautifully illustrated story of a coho salmon egg that hatches in fall, swims down river to the ocean in the spring, and returns to the creek to lay her own eggs. (Picture book)


Salmon Creek - kids books British Columbia
pacific northwest beachcomber  

Exploring Pacific coast beaches of Olympic National Park, this waterproof fold-out guide is useful to identify shellfish, plants, marine mammals, shorebirds, coastal habitats. (Guide)



Guide to 31 easy hikes in Olympic National Park, ideal for families (most are less than 4 miles round trip). Maps, trail descriptions, trail difficulty, and what you'll see along the way. (Guidebook)


Best Easy Day Hikes Olympic National Park
More children's books on other Olympic Peninsula pages
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