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Christmas shopping at Olympic National Park?

December 9th, 2013 by tristan baurick

Rialto

Olympic National Park has a Christmas shopping idea: Come enjoy the park and, while you’re at it, stop at the visitor’s center bookstore to pick up some discounted gifts.

The shop will offer a 15 percent discount from Dec. 13 to Christmas Eve.

The proceeds pay for trail guides and the park newspaper.

The park’s announcement is below.


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Olympic National Park partner Discover Your Northwest will hold its annual holiday sale from December 13 through 24, 2013. The sale will offer a wide variety of options from unique gifts from the Pacific Northwest to fun stocking stuffers.

Throughout the two-week sale, customers will receive a 15 percent discount at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center bookstore. Discover Your Northwest members, as well as members of other national park cooperating organizations, are eligible to receive a 30 percent discount.

Along with books for children and adults, Discover Your Northwest sells maps, DVDs, stuffed animals, puppets, puzzles, games, Ross Hamilton calendars and posters, and organic T-shirts. This year, Discover Your Northwest will have several new books, DVDs, and finger puppets for sale. New items include the film “Out of the Mist – Olympic Wilderness Stories” on DVD, a pop-up book of America’s National Parks, and river otter, sea lion, raven and bobcat kitten finger puppets.

The Olympic National Park Annual Pass and the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass will not be offered at discount prices; however, they are available at Olympic’s Discover Your Northwest locations and may also be purchased as gifts.

“For anyone who makes at least two trips into Olympic in a year, the park’s Annual Pass is a great value,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

Sale items and park passes will be offered at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, located at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles. The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.

Discover Your Northwest promotes the discovery of Northwest public lands, enriches the experience of visitors, and builds community stewardship of these special places today and for generations to come. Towards this goal, Discover Your Northwest operates on-site educational bookstores that provide visitors with high-quality books, toys, DVDs, and other items that help them appreciate the natural and historical significance of the area.

At Olympic, Discover Your Northwest funds the publication of the park’s winter and summer newspapers as well as educational trail guides. Discover Your Northwest has also made important contributions to support the park’s volunteer program, exhibits at visitor centers and the Perspectives Speakers’ Series.

Proceeds from annual passes benefit Olympic National Park. Approximately eighty percent of the fee revenue collected in Olympic National Park remains here, where it is used for projects that directly benefit park visitors, including trail maintenance, campground improvements, accessibility upgrades and visitor services.

Photo: Panorama of Olympic National Park’s Rialto Beach on Dec. 6. Courtesy of Olympic National Park.

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