Native American Youth at Olympic Park

Connecting Native American Youth with Olympic Park

This NPF grant helped connect Native American youth to cultural and social traditions of their ancestors in Olympic National Park.

With three distinct and diverse ecosystems—Pacific coast, rain forest valleys, glacier-capped mountains—Olympic National Park is home to a stunning variety of plants and animals. Geology, climate, isolation, history and sheer size mean this nearly one million-acre park, 95% wilderness, protects relatively intact ecosystems, making it a priceless living laboratory and a home for plants and animals large and small.

For thousands of years the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe called lands in Olympic National Park home. Yet today, tribal youth lack connection to the lands where their ancestors lived, gathered plants, hunted, fished, and participated in ceremonies and social traditions.

Using the Elwha River Restoration Project as the backdrop, tribal youth will reconnect with their culture of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.