Backcountry Marmot Research in Olympic National Park

Explore the backcountry of Olympic National Park! Olympic National Park is home to a vast array of striking features, including high glacial peaks, old growth temperate rain forest, wild coastline, and unique wildlife. We’ll backpack to a remote part of the park to participate in ongoing research of native marmot (a small mammal) populations under the direction of wildlife biologists for the National Park Service. We’ll spend a few days participating in the research, and the rest of the time backpacking through the heart of the park. You will learn about biological field data collection methods, contribute to important wildlife research, and spend time exploring this spectacular wild corner of the Northwest. This is the only trip College Outdoors runs to Olympic National Park, so you won’t want to miss out! Read the detailed trip description to learn more

Trip Specifics

Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022

Cost: $50 - $975. Need-based financial aid is applied on a sliding scale for those who qualify.

Food: Gluten-Free, Vegan and non-medical specialty diets cannot be accommodated on this trip. Vegetarian diets are welcome. Check out Backpacking in the Cascades for options with restricted diets.

Rigor: High

Equipment & Packing List

Required Forms

These forms can be completed only after you have received a trip placement email, and are due by Wednesday, June 30th. To complete these forms, you’ll need to have your email set up, and you’ll be prompted to log-in to the Engage LC platform for the Waiver.

Waiver Equipment Request Travel Plans


*Vaccination against Covid-19 is required for participation*

Upload your Vax card to the LC Patient portal by Wednesday, June 30th.

Trip Pictures

Check out pictures from other times we’ve gone here!