Nature Matters: Monitoring Clatsop Plains Elk

Presented by Emily Scott. Elk are a quintessential figure of the Pacific Northwest, and a relic of cultural, historical, and ecological significance within the Clatsop Plains. Beginning in 2008, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and its partners implemented a research plan which gathers key information on Clatsop Plains elk herds. These data are integral […]

Local Fat & Firewood Fuel Winter Living History

Part of LCNPA’s ongoing Aid to Park supports Living History programs during the summer and our special Winter Holidays interpretation activities in late December. Rangers staffed the Fort in period costumes showcasing activities the Corps of Discovery would also have done, like rendering tallow (fat) to make candles. Park Ranger Sally Freeman worked with local […]

Traveling Trunk Program

Education no matter where your school is! Although small in-person field trips are now back up and running, it’s understandable that classrooms may be unable to come see us in person still, especially those that are in other states! Our education team offers a wide range of traveling trunks that can be loaned out to […]

Education at Fort Clatsop

A Q&A with Our Education Team With the pandemic bringing new and ever evolving challenges for the safety of students and staff, the world of education has been a field that’s rapidly evolving and adapting. Fulfilling the educational mission here at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (LEWI) hasn’t been easy, but our amazing partners […]

National Park Service Launches App

BY BEN NAJERA, MEMBERSHIP SERVICES ASSOCIATE Have you heard the word about the new National Park Service App?Many of the big-name parks have had individual apps for years, but otherstypically haven’t had the time or resources to create one of their own.Although this is the official app for all 420+ parks it’s important tonote that […]

Eyes on Air Quality with New Park Purple Air Monitors

BY CARLA COLE, CHIEF OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT As wildfire seasons seem to keep getting longer and hotter across the west, smoky skies have caused increasing concerns around air quality and health. Wildfires from as far away as Canada can cause smoke to linger over communities in Northwest Oregon. Smokey air from wildfires is full of […]

Chronolog Stations Enable Community Scientists

BY KAYLA FERMIN, BIOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN Since the 1880s, over 70% of historical tidal wetlands in the ColumbiaRiver estuary have been lost due to human impacts such as diking, landconversion for agriculture, and urban development. Beginning in 2006,the National Park Service has been actively restoring areas along the Lewisand Clark River contributing to the recovery of […]

Volunteers in Action

BY SALLY FREEMAN, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is thrilled to announce that parkvolunteer Bob Zimmerling is the winner of this year’s “George and HelenHartzog Enduring Volunteer Service Award” for the National Park Service’sPacific West Region! Bob has been a Volunteer in Park (VIP) at Fort Clatsopsince the mid-1980s when his family […]

Summer Youth Engagement

BY JILL HARDING, CHIEF OF VISITOR SERVICES Park education staff met with approximately 150 Astoria elementary and middleschool students over three days early in July to run mini-camps in person at theSouth Netul Landing park unit. This was in lieu of a virtual camp, and at therequest of schools that have federal funding for summer […]