April 1 – May 31. The North Olympic Library System will partner with Olympic National Park to offer a sixth 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 Living Forest Trail. With the exception of the Hall of Mosses Trail, all trails can be accessed without paying fees. Due to the current closure and ongoing improvements along the Spruce Railroad Trail, poems will not be placed on that 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.
Poetry Walks begin in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Additionally, National Park Week will take place April 20-28. National Park Week is celebrated at all national park areas across the country and features free admission to all national park units on Saturday, April 20.
NOLS Poetry Walks are offered to the public with the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.