NatureBridge Olympic Family Program, Canoeing on Lake Crescent

Family Programs

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NatureBridge's Family Programs are designed to connect your family with Olympic National Park. Enjoy an educational, fun, and relaxing weekend with our experienced educators as your guide. Programming is geared towards youth 4-12 years old. Families with children of other ages are welcome to attend and engage in the activities provided.

Tuition includes meals, lodging and all educational experiences.

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  • What are the sleeping arrangements like? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    Our standard cabins are modern, heated and air conditioned cabins. Each standard cabin includes a central common space with four or six private rooms. Typically 2-3 families are housed in the smaller standard cabins and 3-4 families are housed in the larger standard cabins. There is an adjacent bathhouse available with private restroom and showers. Wheelchair accessible facilities are available.

    If available, you may also upgrade to a historic cabin. Historic cabins are single-family occupancy. All historic cabins have electricity and heat. Each cabin has bunk beds or single beds and a toilet and sink with cold running water. Some of the historic cabins have a bathtub with hot running water. With the upgrade you may not specifically request a tub, it will depend on cabin availability during your program.

    Finally, if available, you may upgrade, at a slightly higher cost, to our Lakeside cabin. It sleeps 3 people – one double bed and one single bed. It has a gas fireplace and a bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink. This cabin has heat and electricity as well.

  • Do the standard cabins have bathrooms? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    Some of the standard cabins do have bathrooms and showers in them and some do not. The bathhouse available is easily accessible by a well-lit path in the cabin area. Standard cabins are assigned based on availability for the weekend.

  • Do we need to bring sleeping bags and pillows? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    You do not have to bring your own bedding. We provide sheets, a comforter, a pillow and one towel for each participant. You are welcome to bring any additional bedding items for comfort.

  • It recommends bringing thermal underwear—do we really need it? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    We do strongly recommend thermals (long underwear) in the spring and the fall as well as wool or synthetic socks and sweaters due to the cool, wet temperatures. It can be very cool summer evenings as well, so we encourage participants to bring lots of layers to stay warm, especially for small children and people who get cold easily.

  • What is the weather usually like? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    Olympic has a moderate marine climate with pleasant summers and mild, wet winters. Summers are generally fair and warm, with high temperatures between 65° and 75°F. Summer is the driest season, with heavier precipitation during the rest of the year. Winters are mild, with temperatures at lower elevations in the 30's and 40's. At any time of year, visitors should come prepared for a variety of conditions. Rain gear and layered clothing is key to your comfort.

  • Is this program appropriate for small children? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    Please carefully read the description of the program you are signing up to attend. For each program, we describe what age groups the program is going to be targeted towards. While you are welcome to attend any program with your family, it is good for you to know what level of content to expect. We have found that it is too difficult to please everyone when we have a wide age range of children. We get lots of families with small children and have found that families with newborns, toddlers and teens have all found our programs to be completely satisfying provided everyone is prepared to spend some quality time outdoors in Olympic National Park!

  • What special things should I bring of my own for small children? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    We do not have high chairs, booster seats, cribs, nightlights, strollers or packs to carry children on site. We encourage you to bring your own if your child needs them. We also do not have a lot of extra clothing and boots for very small children so be sure to pack your own. We do have washers and dryers so if you need to do laundry for your small children during your stay, it is possible.

  • What is the food like and can you meet my family’s special dietary needs? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    The kitchen prepares hearty home cooked meals. With advance notice, we can usually accommodate most dietary needs (i.e. nut free; vegetarian; gluten free). Our meat options at meals are poultry based. If you are concerned about meeting dietary needs, you are also welcome to bring supplemental food and snacks.

  • How far will we be hiking? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    That depends. Weekend programs usually hike 1.5–2 miles at a time. During longer programs, we may hike up to 5 miles over a variety of terrain. The educators often give their groups options about the length of hikes depending on the demographic.

  • Can we leave the program or skip certain activities? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    We provide a variety of programming options but we always give you or anyone in your family the option to do your own thing. However, we do request that all children be under direct supervision at all times. We ask that if you choose to leave campus during your stay that you sign in and out of the program so that we know where you are in the event of an emergency.

  • How long does it take to reach campus from Seattle? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    Typically the trip to Lake Crescent takes 3–3.5 hours from Seattle. It is good to note that the ferries can be very busy on Friday evening. You may save trip time if you drive around over the Tacoma Narrows bridge rather than waiting in a long line at the ferry. In the summer, the trip can take much longer due to the high volume of visitors. We recommend that you check on the WA state ferries website for more information.

  • What if we cannot make it during the scheduled check-in time or wish to depart early? Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

    We are flexible. As long as we know when you are planning to arrive, we can make arrangements and help you settle into your cabin and join the program. You are welcome to depart the program early; however, we do not provide program discounts for late arrivals and early departures.

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



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