Sarah Griffin ’20, participated in the Partners in the Park Program and traveled to Olympic National Park!
Partners in the Park is an outdoor learning program coordinated through the National Collegiate Honors Council, which allows students to travel and explore national parks with other honors students from across the country. This past summer, trips included the Glacier National Park, Harper’s Ferry, and Olympic National Park!
Read below to learn about Sarah’s experience!
“I journeyed to Olympic National Park in Washington this July. It was an incredible experience; I had never been that far west before and the landscape was breathtaking. We explored three different parts of the park: the high country, the rainforest, and the coast. Our leaders from the University of Washington arranged for us to talk with a variety of people involved with the park, including two scientists, a poet, and an archaeologist. We learned about the ecology and the indigenous history of the park, both historic and present.
To say I fell in love with Olympic is an understatement; I have never felt so truly connected to an environment. It was incredible to be able to spend day after day from sunrise to midnight outside with no contact with the world outside of the Park. The people were so friendly and we saw such diverse wildlife, including black bears, eagles, deer, seals, goats, and others. I am so grateful to the Ithaca College Honors Program and the Partners in the Parks program for giving me this life-changing opportunity, and I hope to one day return to Olympic.