Ready for Spring? Set for Adventure? Go to the Olympic Peninsula

Photo Courtesy of the Olympic Peninsula Visitors Bureau

The Olympic Peninsula offers fun for every member of the family. Got children ready for cabin fever therapy? They can become Olympic National Park (ONP) or Ocean Steward (OS) Junior Rangers. Have pups ready for adventure? Bring them along and you can become B.A.R.K. Rangers at ONP.

Junior Ranger and/or Ocean Stewards booklets are available at ONP Visitor Centers. Activities and games will bring the outdoors to life. Especially fun is Nature Hike Bingo: Find a mushroom, a fern, an animal track and you’ll have a good start on the bingo card. The number of activities in the booklet to be completed for a Junior Ranger badge is geared for different age groups, and is fun for the whole family.

To receive an Ocean Steward patch, discover the adventure of tidepools teeming with wildlife and find diverse beach adventures along the Pacific Coast. By experiencing ways to help protect the ocean, coastal habitats and the variety of living creatures living there, Junior Rangers are awarded a colorful patch. Learn more about the Junior Rangers here.

Is your dog ready to become an ONP Bark Ranger?

Man’s best friend is allowed on leash on trails and beaches in only a few places in Olympic National PARK.Learn where here. To become a B.A.R.K Ranger learn the rules of B.A.R.K. in the program at the Kalaloch Ranger Station. Your dog will earn a Bark Ranger collar tag to wear too!

The Olympic National FOREST is another story. Whatever you and your dog like—hiking, camping, backpacking, picnicking or just enjoying the outdoors—you can find special spots from the Hood Canal to the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula. For example, First Beach in La Push is as dog friendly as a place can get. With room to run on the sand and breaking waves for barking and biting. The perfect size stick for a rousing game of Fetch should be easy to find in the driftwood on the beach.

All State and County Parks are dog friendly

Click here for a map for dog-friendly locations.

You won’t be able to do everything and see everything on one trip to the Peninsula, but you’ll be sure to go home with lots of bragging rights to the great time. And, maybe an Olympic National Park badge or patch, OR a new favorite beach for running.

As the snow melts, it’s time to treat cabin fever

The 2019-2020 Olympic Peninsula Travel Planner is available. Order by phone, 360-452-8552; or view it on line at


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