You help us make a difference!
You can help advance understanding and stewardship of the Earth with your contribution. Your support allows us to provide hands-on education to students, deliver interpretive talks to visitors, inspire stewardship among outdoor enthusiasts and cultivate a strong sense of community and partnership around Mount St. Helens.
101 Reasons to Support Mount St. Helens Institute
1. It’s a volcano, mountain AND a Monument all in one!
2. You will instantly belong to a community of like-minded people when you become a Member.
3. We’ve educated and explored with over 25,000 kids and kids-at-heart since 2000; we want to educate 25,000 more!
4. Our volunteers have clocked thousands of hours, and there’s more work to be done.
5. You would like to see arts and humanities play a larger role at the Mount St. Helens Institute.
6. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does support science and education programs at Mount St. Helens.
7. Our programs use all natural ingredients.
8. Your hiking boots look too clean and you need a MSHI adventure in your life.
9. We have restored over 400 miles of hiking/biking trails!
10. It feels good to give.
11. You want to support scientific research of volcanic landscapes.
12. Mount St. Helens is a part of you and your history.
13. You think plants are cool, just like us.
14. Bill Nye the Science Guy is on our Board… but we still can’t dance.
15. You’ve been to a Volcano Views & Brews event and thought it was awesome!
16. We work with regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs to bring high school and college students into the field.
17. Some of us still try to speak Latin.
18. We bring urban and at-risk youth to stream restoration projects to develop an understanding of watershed issues, fisheries and stream ecology.
19. The stars are brighter under the Mount St. Helens sky!
20. You love salamanders.
21. You want to help develop our pilot summer youth camp program.
22. We really need a new truck to access our fisheries research areas.
23. You want people to better understand the re-growth of Mount St. Helens.
24. Though we’re not a new-age cult, a volcano IS the center of our universe.
25. We will help you build a closer connection to Mount St. Helens.
26. You want to help us develop a distinct guided climb program for the active exploration of Mount St. Helens.
27. It’s tax deductible.
28. We get you ‘up close and personal’ with one of the few growing glaciers in the world.
29. You strongly believe that beer and science go hand-in-hand.
30. We recruit and supply the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with excellent trained volunteers.
31. Some of us are on a first-name basis with the elk near Windy Ridge.
32. You want to be on a first-name basis with the elk near Windy Ridge.
33. The photo opportunities on our guided climbs are bar none!
34. 2013 was the year of the Bull Trout and you want to know what next year may bring!
35. You’ve experienced the fields of lupine on the Pumice Plain.
36. You believe in our mission.
37. We support the dynamic living laboratory of Mount St. Helens!
38. It’s okay to get dirty with us!
39. Our field camp at Windy Ridge works alongside researchers from around the world.
40. We spearheaded the monitoring of US Forest Service salmon restoration projects: collecting stream cross-section, long-section, photo points, and salmonoid habitat data across over 75 sites!
41. You can see Sasquatch at one of our field seminars!
42. We transform kids into scientists.
43. You want to support the mountaineer/medical training of our Mountain Steward volunteers.
44. We are your ticket to Mount St. Helens knowledge and fun.
45. You will feel fulfilled by supporting a non-profit organization.
46. We facilitated the first inventory of lichens at Mount St. Helens!
47. A Mount St. Helens Institute employee or volunteer has positively influenced your experience on Mount St. Helens.
48. Giving is “hip.” Don’t you want to be “hip?”
49. You can leave a legacy that supports a cause you believe in.
50. You believe ecological research for our youth is essential to create the next generation of scientists.
51. As the most destructive and expensive volcanic event in US History, Mount St. Helens deserves our respect.
52. We’ll take you on an edible mushroom hunt!
53. You want to help us tell the story of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.
54. It is worth discovering why the “Awesome Hike” really IS awesome.
55. You enjoy Mt. Margaret Backcountry trail projects.
56. We helped you on your journey of climbing Mount St. Helens.
57. Our snowshoe adventures not only deliver beauty and serenity, but winter ecology education and hot chocolate.
58. Volcano Outdoor School’s overnight activities are a blast for students.
59. Our stream monitoring projects include counting pebbles; way more fun than counting beans!
60. You love volcanoes.
61. Snorkeling 42 streams in search of bull trout is not for the faint of heart.
62. We haven’t forgotten about the “High Lakes.”
63. You support maintaining world-class mountain bike trails at Coldwater Lake.
64. We know revealing camouflaged herds of elk to visitors at JRO is a favorite duty for our volunteers.
65. Hoary marmots!
66. We helped bring you the “Music on the Mountain” summer concert series at Johnston Ridge Observatory.
67. You want us to expand our educational programs to reach more children in new and exciting ways!
68. Being one of the first to explore a new trail or route is a rare treat.
69. We provide hands-on science opportunities in the field for students.
70. You’re selfless.
71. You believe in a volcanic apocalypse; the more Mount St. Helens education, the better off we will be!
72. Camping out with scientists the night before a hike is super cool.
73. We bring volcano science to classrooms across the region and around the world.
74. You want to continue receiving the Rumblings newsletter and want a cool sticker.
75. It’s tradition in your family to donate.
76. We understand the importance of northern pocket gophers and prairie lupine.
77. You would love to see more salmon habitat restoration on the Lewis River.
78. The fitness benefits from our Guided Adventures are more fun than a gym membership.
79. You plan on participating in a Mount St. Helens Institute program, why not get 10% off by becoming a member at the Base Camp level?
80. You believe watching kids put on waders and enter a stream for the first time = priceless.
81. We love pairing students with scientists and witnessing the ensuing magic as volcano secrets are revealed.
82. Education combined with exploration provides inspiration for future adventures.
83. You enjoy watching partnerships develop into friendships.
84. Witness first-hand nature’s recovery through numerous volunteer opportunities.
85. You know helping visitors understand the awesome power of nature is all in a day’s work.
86. You’ve seen avalanche lilies on the Truman Trail.
87. We help make science happen.
88. Our Volcano Naturalist Program – become an expert on the treasure in our backyard!
89. You know that bread-crust bombs do not necessarily have anything to do with a food fight.
90. MSHI Members get the inside scoop on volcano science straight from the researchers.
91. Climbing the mountain in women’s apparel each Mother’s Day is a tradition.
92. Your friends like gifts that matter.
93. You believe in supporting a cure for Nature Deficit Disorder.
94. We build fantastic campfires.
95. You want to help us teach what nature teaches.
96. We deal in natural inspiration and understanding.
97. You love going to the “vertical beach.”
98. We have over 15 corporate entities, private foundations and government agencies who believe in our work, and they know you do, too!
99. You enjoy learning about vulnerability, resilience and renewal after destruction from a volcano.
100. Nature “rocks” when you are around volcanoes.
101. We need your help.