Elwha River Restoration: The Nearshore Connection

Students will work with interpretive hands on display of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River.   Facilitators lead a discussion on why the dams were constructed, the decision to remove the dams and restore the Elwha River, as well as the important connection to the nearshore environment.  Students are able to interact with an interpretive model to view the process of removing the dams and its effect on sediment flow. Further investigation of the effect of dam removal on different nearshore habitats and important keystone species will allow students to explore the complex relationships seen in nature between biotic and abiotic factors.

Grades K-12
Program Length: 60 min. Students may stay longer to explore the exhibits.    
Class Size: 20-30 students
Program Costs: $80 per class.