The Ultimate Olympic National Park Quiz

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About This Quiz

Olympic National Park offers a breathtaking, natural territory that has glaciers, mountains, rivers, rain forests and beaches. Recreational activities abound and there is loads of fun for the entire family. Take this quiz to learn more about Olympic National Park.

What body of water meets the coast of Olympic National Park?

The Pacific Ocean batters the shores of Olympic National Park.

Which of these is found at Olympic National Park?

Both visitor centers are in Olympic National Park and open year-round.

How many campgrounds are there at Olympic National Park?

There are no fewer than 16 campgrounds, although they are not all open throughout the year.

Which tall spruce tree can be found in Olympic National Park?

The tall Sitka spruce is found in abundance in Olympic National Park.

Where in Washington is the Olympic National Park?

Olympic National Park is located in the extreme northwest part of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula.

What is unique about the westernmost side of the park in terms of weather?

The westernmost side of the park has the wettest weather, with 12-14 feet (3.65-4.25 meters) of annual rainfall.

Olympic National Park was established in:

The area was established as an official national park in 1938.

What is the name of the mountain range at the heart of Olympic National Park?

It is called the Olympic mountain range and it forms a circular shape.

Which of these refers to a high region of the park?

Hurricane Ridge has high country and spectacular mountain vistas; Hoh Rain Forest and La Push are much lower in altitude.

What weather conditions help to keep the rain forests as lush as an Amazon jungle?

The weather conditions are very specific -- plentiful moisture, high humidity, mild temperatures -- and this keeps the rain forests lush year-round.

What happens after a tree falls in Olympic National Park?

A fallen tree becomes a nurse log, sprouting new seedlings and perpetuating the finely balanced environmental life cycle.

Why do geologists believe that the bedrock of the Olympic mountains developed under the sea?

Marine fossils have been found near the summits and this leads geologists to theorize that the area developed under the sea.

How old might this area be?

It is believed to be about 35 million years old.

How were the Olympic mountains formed?

The great floor plate of the Pacific Ocean collided with the North American plate and pushed the upper seabed levels upward, crushing them into mountain form.

Which English sea captain first sighted the peninsula's tallest mountain in 1788?

Captain John Mears first sighted the peninsula's tallest mountain.

Why did Mears name the tallest peak Olympus?

Mears named the peak Olympus in honor of the home of the Greek gods.

Before the park was named Olympic National Park, what was it called?

It was called Mount Olympus National Monument for almost three decades before the name was changed.

What wildlife is found at Olympic National Park?

Wildlife at the park include Roosevelt elk, snowshoe hares, Douglas squirrels and more, but not any of the animals mentioned.

What water sports can you do at Olympic National Park?

You can do a variety of water sports, including boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing, river rafting.

How many acres does the Olympic National Park cover?

Olympic National Park covers an area of more than 900,000 acres (364,217 hectares).

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