Education on the Elwha River

Education on the Elwha River

Discover the unfolding mystery of the Elwha River during the largest dam removal in U.S. history!

NatureBridge at Olympic
111 Barnes Point Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363

Join Us on the Elwha River!

From flights over the watershed to river rafting to long-term science monitoring projects, there are lots of ways to get involved as a participant or to support our ambitious outreach goals. 

The Elwha River Story

In September 2011, removal of two dams on the Elwha River began one of the largest restoration projects in U.S. history. As history comes alive, the Elwha Restoration Project provides an extraordinary opportunity for NatureBridge to inspire and educate the next generation of environmental stewards.

NatureBridge's Role

We are a long-time partner of Olympic National Park. For over 25 years, students, teachers, and families from around the globe have explored one of the most beautiful classrooms as they enjoyed an up-close and hands-on experience along the Elwha River.

As we look to the future of the Elwha Restoration Project, we will work even harder to educate and inspire youth, teachers, and families about their role in protecting the environment. Through science-based environmental education, students will get their hands and feet dirty in this living laboratory -- from measuring and photographing to sampling and exploring, it is an experience they’ll never forget.

Our Goal

We're setting our sights high. Over the next five years, we aim to quadruple annual participation in Elwha-related programs. This will be done by reaching out to more schools, teachers, families, and individuals across the country. The newest Elwha programs will hit heavy on historic research surrounding the removal of the dams. Students will have the opportunity to see the environmental changes taking place and be a part of the long-term biological monitoring of the environment surrounding the Elwha River.

Want to learn more about this restoration project? Check out these articles from the Seattle Times and the New York Times or contact Sam Drucker at 206-382-6212 ext 13.

Want more information about NatureBridge's work with the Elwha River? Contact Sam Drucker at 206-382-6212 ext 13.

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