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Visitor Experiences

Washington's National Park Fund is actively seeking charitable contributions to make projects in this area possible:

Improving visitor experiences by funding programs geared toward trail maintenance, improved signage, better use of technology and increased interaction with park rangers.

Examples of Visitor Experiences projects funded in the parks are:

Mount Rainier National Park: 2011 -  Restore Volunteer Campground at Longmire
The Longmire Campground has served as a base for volunteer operations since 2007, with 31 individual and two group sites, and either platform tents. This project added picnic tables, fire rings, and an outdoor shelter/pavilion where groups can gather in inclement weather. The campground has the capacity to serve hundreds of volunteers and groups each summer, and will support critical work in the park.

North Cascades National Park: 2010 - Wilderness Information Center Improvements
The primary point of entry for park users - hikers, campers, backpackers and climbers - is the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. Improvements allowed after-hours visitors a secure place to leave permits, obtain information and acquire or return bear canisters.

Olympic National Park: 2011 - Elwha River Restoration Education and Outreach
The nation's largest dam removal in history began in September 2011 in Olympic National Park and set in motion a landmark restoration project. New educational materials were produced, focusing on visitor safety, travel and orientation information, and helped visitors learn about and enjoy this landmark project.


2013 Opportunities for Visitor Experiences Support:

Mount Rainier National Park:

Connecting Kids to Parks
Paradise Trail Crew
WCC Historic Preservation Crew
RAVN Roadside Assistance
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (4 TRTs)
Engaging Underserved Youth
Nisqually Glacier time-lapse Photography for hazard recognition
Test and protect Exposed Frozen Lake Archaeological Site
Protect Subalpine Meadows Through the Meadow Rover Program
Communicating Climate Change to Mount Rainier's visitors/students
Historic Architecture intern GIS interns to document Paradise Meadow damage

For more information on these projects, click here.

North Cascades National Park:

14 Days of Bio Bliss
Produce a Guide to Alpine and Subalpine Wildflowers
Provide Youth with Opportunities for Leadership
Engage Citizens Scientists in Butterfly Monitoring
Construct ADA Accessible Campsites at Rainbow Falls
Monitor Water Quality and Ecological Integrity of Ross Lake
Transport Youth to Their Park
Develop Community Through Wifi
Volunteer Citizen Scientist Plant Phenology Monitoring in the Alpine-Subalpine
Renovate Youth Program Storage Facility

For more information on these projects, click here.

Olympic National Park:

Olympic Marmot Citizen Science Monitoring Project
Pathways to Employment for Diverse Youth
Adopt-a-Fish: Radio-tracking the Return of Pacific Salmon to the Elwha River in Olympic National Park 
Complete Evaluation of Invasive Plants in the Queets Valley

For more information on these projects, click here.