Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar

Interpretive Services

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a place that offers many opportunities for learning, adventure, and personal growth. Whether it’s a beach walk led by a trained naturalist, a casual encounter with a roadside exhibit, or browsing the Internet from home, thousands of visitors each year are enriched by new insights about the Olympic Coast through interpretive programs offered by the sanctuary and our partners.

"Interpretation" is the process of educating visitors through first-hand experience, where spontaneous questions can be answered and the visitor gains an understand of not just facts, but the meanings of places, people, animal- and plant-life and processes that connect them.

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Visitors to the Discovery Center experience underwater videos in the dive theater.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary staff and volunteer docents provide informal and informative talks in our Olympic Coast Discovery Center in Port Angeles. The Discovery Center prepares you for a visit to the coast, or lets you see what you missed, so you can plan for your return visit.

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Students touch and observe tidepool life in the Feiro Marine Life Center.
Visit the Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center, next door to the Olympic Coast Discovery Center, in Port Angeles. The marine life center provides touch tanks and up-close opportunities to meet common tidepool life. The Feiro Marine Life Center (FMLC) is an educational and scientific organization promoting marine education and conservation.

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Visitors learn about marine life with Olympic National Park interpreters.
Olympic National Park offers tidepool walks, evening campground programs, brochures and wayside exhibits at many park locations. In addition, visitor information centers in Port Angeles, Forks and Kalaloch are staffed through most of the visitor season. For more information see the Olympic National Park website.

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Cape Flattery offers views of Tatoosh Island as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Summer visitors to the Makah Indian Reservation and Neah Bay should not miss a visit to Cape Flattery, where Makah Tribal interpreters present informal talks about the spectacular scenery and marine wildlife of Cape Flattery, the northwestern-most point in the Lower 48 States. Learn first-hand about the living culture of the Makah people. In addition, make sure you visit the Makah Museumimage indicates that the link leaves this site in Neah Bay.

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Students participate in an ocean science program with beach field investigations.
Washington State Parks manage the beach and beach access areas south of the Quinault Indian Reservation. Griffith Priday, Moclips, Pacific Beach and Ocean City state parks all feature wayside exhibits and displays. To find specific information about any individual park, browse to Washington State Parksimage indicates that the link leaves this site main website and search by park name.



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