Olympic Park Institute Launches New Program to Introduce Families to the Wonders of National Parks

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20-year-old Environmental Education Campus launches Family Adventures Program in Olympic National Park

Olympic Park Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, today announced the launch of a new Family Adventures Program. The new programs will give families an opportunity to spend a weekend exploring Olympic National Park, learning about the local environment from world-class naturalists and educators, and making new connections to nature and each other in one of the world’s most breathtaking settings.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to introduce families to the wonders of Olympic National Park,” said Tom Sanford, director of Olympic Park Institute. “The students who have come to our environmental educational programs for the past 20 years have had profound and life-changing experiences, and now we can share those kinds of experiences with entire families.”

The Family Adventure Program weekends include family cabins and meals served in historic Rosemary Inn. Families can choose from many activities, including naturalist-led hikes to Marymere Falls, family crafts, canoeing, night hikes and more.

Programs will be run April 16-18, May 14-16, June 4-6 and June 11-13. And a special four-day Family Retreat is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31.

“Olympic Park Institute family programs are an incredible chance to celebrate one of America’s most amazing natural resources,” said Karen Gustin, Olympic National Park superintendent. “The setting on the shores of Lake Crescent provides many opportunities to play and explore together as a family while learning about the park’s bounty of biodiversity and beauty.”

Pricing for Family Adventure Weekends is $195 per adult and $145 per child, children 4 and under free of charge. More information about family programs is available on olympicparkinstitute.org. Registration information is available by calling 360-928-3720 ext. 13.

About Olympic Park Institute
Olympic Park Institute is a campus of NatureBridge, the largest nonprofit residential education partner of the National Park Service. Its mission is to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. In partnership with Olympic National Park, the Institute provides residential environmental education programs to more than 6,000 diverse youth annually. More than 25 percent of participants and half of participating schools receive scholarship assistance. http://www.olympicparkinstitute.org

About NatureBridge
Founded in 1971 and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service. Its mission is to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. NatureBridge currently operates four campuses: Headlands Institute in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic Park Institute in Olympic National Park in Washington State, Yosemite Institute in Yosemite National Park and Santa Monica Mountains Institute in Santa Monica National Recreation Area. Each year, NatureBridge serves more than 40,000 participants through field science, youth leadership and teacher training programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. http://www.naturebridge.org

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