School & Group Environmental Science at Olympic

In North America’s best remaining example of temperate rainforest, students study along the Elwha River, increase their scientific literacy, and learn to understand their roles as environmental stewards.

Reusing history

Our campus, the site of the historic Rosemary Inn, is a perfect example of adaptive reuse. The simple technology and small platforms of the past helped advise and create the LEED certifications of green buildings today. Built by craftsmen at the turn of the 20th Century, this renovated lodge includes the dining room, cedar room meeting space, microscope laboratory, cozy library, and skins and skulls laboratory. Rosemary Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Historic District within Olympic National Park.

The environmental lessons reduce and reuse come to life as we share stories about the cultural, natural, and environmental history of our campus, Olympic National Park, and the Olympic Peninsula. View a photo gallery to see how we reuse history on campus.

Food service

Our kid-friendly wholesome meals are made from scratch by our friendly and talented food services staff. We buy locally and organically when possible using simple ingredients that can be purchased at any supermarket and re-created inexpensively at home.  

Lodging

Our campus has a variety of accommodations. Groups will be placed as needed to accommodate the needs of multiple schools.  

Standard Cabins 
Our standard dorm-style cabins sleep 24-36 participants. Each cabin includes a central common space with four or six private rooms. Each room sleeps up to six guests.  Several dorm-style cabins have internal showers and bathrooms. Smaller cabins have close access to showers and bathroom facilities in the adjacent bathhouse. View photos of our standard cabins.

Historic Cabins 
When available, groups may also use our renovated historic cabins, which have an attached bathroom and sleep between four and seven individuals. View photos of our historic cabins.

Safety and weather adaptations

Our education staff is well-trained and experienced in providing quality education in the wide variety of weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest. We know safety and comfort are vital. Our educators are all wilderness first responders.

To successfully navigate the weather challenges of the Pacific Northwest, our campus has a number of indoor spaces to enhance the educational experience. All of these locations are a stone’s throw away from the old growth forest that surrounds our campus and sit on the shore of beautiful Lake Crescent. View photos of our indoor spaces.

Additionally, we provide hot beverages and have extra warm clothing and rain gear available. 

As a further safety precaution, all of our environmental staff carry a radio monitored by our office with access to weather advisory and Olympic National Park. The ranger station is minutes from our campus, so emergency personnel can arrive swiftly if necessary.

Get the latest data from the weather station located on our dock! 

Or inquire via phone:
Eva Foster
206-300-6291

 

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