Natural History

Monument for Lost Ship

Sv. Nikolai: A monument being constructed by the Generals honors the 22 Russian sailors who were stranded on the Washington coast after their ship, the Sv. Nikolai, went aground north of the Quillayute River mouth in 1808. Several of these sailors were held captive and enslaved by the native tribes while others died over the two-year period they were stranded on the coast.

Read the historial narratives at   http://www.nikolaishipwreck.com/Historical_Narrative.html

Location

La PushWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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History in Jefferson County

 As you and your family stroll the streets of Port Townsend the Jefferson County Historical Society has a number of ways to enjoy the historic tapestry of Port Townsend.  Our central Museum is in the landmark 1892 City Hall building, downtown at 540 Water Street.  From this building the movers, doers, and speculators of early Port Townsend talked and planed their dreams.  Criminals were tossed in the jail downstairs, sometimes in leg-irons, and upstairs the Court and the rest of the powerful watched over the city's affairs.  Today the building still does the work of

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540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 6' 58.1112" N, 122° 45' 8.6724" W
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Three Sisters Art Gallery in Clallam Bay

This unique gallery showcases local and native art work.  There are many items for sale, from postcards to wood carvings.

Location

Three Sisters Gallery
16590 W. Hwy 112
Clallam Bay, WA, 98326
United States
48° 15' 11.4876" N, 124° 15' 51.7788" W
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Clallam Bay & Slip Point Beach Park

Clallam Bay Spit and Community Beach County Park is a 33 acre park jointley managed with Washington State Parks.  The Park is located where the nutrient-rich water of the Clallam River empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, providing a constant food source for shore and marine birds.  Eagles and osprey can be seen feeding on the beach; viewing marine mammals is an added bonus.  The dynamic hydrology interaction taking place between the Clallam River and the tides provide an opportunity to witness drastic changes to the landscape each time you visit.

Location

Clallam BayClallam Bay, WA, 98326
United States
48° 15' 21.5928" N, 124° 15' 47.1456" W
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Salt Creek Recreation Area

With its stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria BC, Salt Creek Recreation Area is the perfect setting for exploration and discovery.  Salt Creek is home to some of the most exceptional tide pools in the Northwest.  Come during low tide and you'll see starfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, sea anemones, and urchins among the plentiful sea life on display.  Many of these tide pools are located at the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary (which is underwater at high tide). 

Location

Salt Creek Recreation Area
Camp Hayden Road
Port Angeles, WA
United States
48° 8' 12.6744" N, 123° 40' 47.7732" W
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Camp David Jr. County Park

Camp David Jr. is an outdoor recreation resident camp located on the north shore of Lake Crescent. This 9.5 acre park is one of the oldest county parks in the state, rich in history. The facilities include a main lodge/kitchen/dining room building, eight sleeping cabins, two restrooms, two staff cabins, two beach cabins, swimming area, and more.

Summer: By reservation 360-928-3540 or ccpcd@olypen.com
Winter: Closed December and January

Clallam County Parks Department Phone: 360-417-2291

Location

Camp David Jr.
Lake Crescent
Port Angeles, WA
United States
48° 3' 36" N, 123° 49' 48" W
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Olympic Peninsula Native American People

The Olympic Peninsula is home to many tribes of native people, including the Quinault , Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S'Klallam. From culinary influence, native art, traditional song, dance and festivals, there are many ways to experience our wonderful native cultures.

Each Tribal community offers places and/or activities for respectful visitors.

The Makah Museum in Neah Bay is a world-class cultural center, with many objects of Makah art available in the gift shop. There are demonstrations of carving and basket making nearly every day.

Location

Olympic PeninsulaWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Location

Dungeness Spit and LighthouseSequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 8' 24.4356" N, 123° 11' 41.874" W
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Cape Flattery Trail

As you near Neah Bay, look for tufted puffin nesting on the sea stacks from spring to early summer, and common murres perched on Tatoosh Island. Look in the water for bobbing sooty shearwaters. During the spring thousands of migrating hawks, including red-tail and sharp-shinned hawks, kettle over Cape Flattery before flying across the Strait to Vancouver Island. Occasionally, large flocks of 200 to 300 sandhill cranes entertain lucky observers with their graceful formations and mysterious trilling.

Location

Cape FlatteryNeah Bay, WA, 98357
United States
48° 21' 57.4344" N, 124° 36' 41.7744" W
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Makah Cultural Center

The Makah Cultural and Research Center is world famous. Many of the items in the museum are from the "Ozette Dig," which yielded Makah artifacts from a village partially buried in a mudslide in the 1500s. The Ozette archeological collection is the largest pre-contact Northwest Coast Indian collection in the country. Whaling, sealing and fishing gear, basketry and replicas of a 60-foot cedar longhouse and oceangoing canoes are displayed. The center also houses the Makah language program, working to preserve and teach Makah language and culture.

1880 Bay View
Neah Bay, WA 98357

Location

Makah Cultural Center
1880 Bay View
Neah Bay, WA, 98357
United States
48° 22' 3.0504" N, 124° 37' 21.6048" W
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