Olympic celebration includes open house

Staff reportAugust 25, 2013 

An open house scheduled for Thursday is part of Olympic National Park’s 75th anniversary celebration. The event, in gratitude for area communities’ support and collaboration, will be held at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.

“We’ve been very honored by the outpouring of congratulations and well-wishes during the park’s 75th anniversary year,” Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a news release. “We hope our neighbors and fellow community members will stop by the open house so that we can honor and thank them for their years of support for Olympic National Park.”

The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. While there will be no formal remarks or presentations, Creachbaum and other members of the park staff will be on hand to talk with attendees.

The park was established on June 29, 1938, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that founded the park.

Olympic now protects 922,651 acres of three distinctly different ecosystems —glacier-capped mountains, more than 70 miles of wild Pacific coast, and stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest.

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

The annual Mount Rainier National Park Associates meadow revegetation work party will be Sept. 7. Association volunteers will be assisting the Mount Rainier National Park ecological restoration crew in planting wildflower seedlings, working to convert a former campground near Sunrise back into alpine meadows. About 40,000 seedlings have been grown and will need to be planted this fall before snow covers the meadows.

Participants should plan to meet in the Sunrise parking lot between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Look for a dark green Subaru Outback wagon to check in.

There will be a lunch break at noon, and work will be over at 3 p.m.

Participants should be prepared for almost any weather. In addition to a sun hat, sunscreen and rain gear, bring a lunch, plenty of fluids to drink, gardening gloves and a hand digging tool you like to use. If you have no gardening tools, the park will provide small hand tools. Some kind of protection for your knees also is a good idea.

There is no charge for volunteers to enter the park. When you enter at the White River entrance, tell the gate attendant you are doing volunteer work on the meadow restoration project.

If you plan to join the association for this project, send an email to volunteer coordinator John Titland at volunteer@mrnpa.org.

SALTWATER PARK EVENT

Saltwater State Park near Federal Way will be hosting a cultural event Saturday. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the Cambodian Cultural Celebration will take place. Park visitors can celebrate Cambodian culture with the South Puget Sound Cambodian community, through performances of traditional music and dance, games. Traditional food will be available for purchase.

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