April 1 – May 31 the North Olympic Library System will partner with Olympic National Park to offer a fifth season of Poetry Walks, four self-guided walks on trails featuring poetry in the landscape. Poems will be placed on signs in multiple locations along four trails in Olympic National Park; the Hall of Mosses Trail, the Madison Falls Trail, the Peabody Creek Trail, and Spruce Railroad Trail. With the exception of the Hall of Mosses Trail, all trails can be accessed without paying fees. Due to the ongoing renovation of the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, poems will not be placed along the Living Forest Trail this year.
Poets featured along the trails include Emily Brontë, Carlos Castaneda, Shel Silverstein, Gary Snyder and many more. If you find yourself inspired to write a poem or take a photo while on a Poetry Walk, share it with NOLS on Facebook. You can also check out the poetry materials in the NOLS collection.
The timing of the NOLS Poetry Walks isn’t completely coincidental. April is National Poetry Month and National Park Week takes place April 21 through 29. During National Poetry Month, several poetry-related events will be occurring at the Port Angeles Main Library and National Park Week is celebrated at all national park areas across the country and features free admission to all national park units on April 21.
NOLS Poetry Walks are offered to the public with the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.