Counting the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park staff, in partnership with other organizations, participated in the Oregon silverspot butterfly (OSB) release this June. Volunteers carrying coolers full of larvae hiked up Saddle Mountain in search of meadows of early blue violets. Early blue violets, Violeta adunca, are the sole host plant for the OSB. The captive …

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Objects Worthy of Notice: Insects both Large and Small

When Thomas Jefferson directed Lewis and Clark to observe “objects worthy of notice,” he went on to specify “the animals of the country generally, & especially those not known in the U.S.” This instruction included insects, and the Corps of Discovery did not disappoint. Jefferson also directed Lewis to pay close attention to the seasons, …

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month was created with the mission of celebrating women who revolutionized our world. This year, we’d like to share the stories of four women who influenced the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Pacific Northwest History.

Your Park Story

As an NPS partner, we at the LCNPA want to kick off 2023 by celebrating YOU! We want to know what our beautiful National Parks mean to you and how they have impacted your lives.

Fort Clatsop Visitor Renovations Underway

The Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop is under remodel starting Jan. 16. Operation hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will not be impacted but visitors will be rerouted to enter the Visitor Center through side doors. Visitors are asked to follow all signage.

Have You Visited? Netul Landing

While visiting Fort Clatsop, you may have seen signs pointing you towards the Netul River Trail. Perhaps you even ventured down a couple hundred yards and reached the historic canoe landing found along the trail where Lewis and Clark’s crew docked their canoes. However, if you haven’t gone the full mile down the trail, then you may have missed the great spot known as Netul Landing!

“Gifted Earth” Book Review

The Knowledge-Holders of the Quinault Indian Nation and author Doug Deur have given readers a beautiful and useful guide to regional ethnobotany. “Gifted Earth: The Ethnobotany of the Quinault and Neighboring Tribes” (Oregon State University Press and published in cooperation with the Quinault Indian Nation, 2022) is a gorgeous meditation on Indigenous plant knowledge and use as “living tradition.”

Klahowya Youth Volunteer Program

2022 marks the first year of the Klahowya Youth Volunteer program, an opportunity that gave high school students hands-on experience working at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. This program was supported by the LCNPA, which provided funding and resources.

Foraging in National Parks

The ancient practice of foraging has been gaining attention online in recent years. People with little to no foraging experience are enthralled with the practice – and rightfully so! Foraging is fun, fascinating, and a great way to get in touch with nature. What better place to forage than in a National Park?

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