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Honors in Olympic National Park, Sept 8-12, 2014

May 7, 2014


The University Honors Program is excited to present an opportunity for experiential learning by exploring Olympic National Park this fall, Monday, September 8 - Friday, September 12. Working in partnership with the National Park Service the Honors Program advisers will lead this academic adventure introducing you to the unique relationship we have with ONP.

Described by the National Park Service as "a land of contrast and variety", Olympic National Park reveals diversity in all forms. In this five day program students will explore the dramatic physical diversity of the park while examining the diverse ways in which humans interact with this space. We will move from the sweeping alpine vistas of Hurricane Ridge to the dramatic Hoh rainforest and and conclude at the rugged Pacific coastline. Throughout the week we will meet with Park Service experts and explore some of the many challenges associated with managing such a diverse and complex place.

In the context of the unique natural history of the park participants will examine how Olympic National Park is meeting the demands of its own popularity by discussing some important questions: What are the major challenges that face Olympic National Park, and what does it consider its most significant accomplishments? How does the park balance the diverse interests of the urban and industrial areas surrounding its borders? How has the social and scientific research conducted in the park contributed to this understanding? And why is understanding this diversity essential for understanding the future of this important place? Through discussion, hiking, questioning, teaching, and reading, we will explore why this place matters in our culture and to our future.

The registration cost ($350) covers transportation to and from Olympic NP, transportation within the park, and food and lodging for the entirety of the trip.

Interested students should attend an information session on Tuesday, May 13, 11am-12pm in MGH 211B. Applications are due Monday, June 9, 2014.

Students may also be interested in exploring our National Parks via the national Partners in the Parks program, of which UW Honors is also a participant. 

Interdisciplinary Honors students may apply for experiential learning credit for this opportunity.