Science and Learning Center at Coldwater
Current Hours: Weekends - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitor Information: (360) 274-2131
Learn more at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center website: www.mshslc.org
The Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is a hands-on education center located seven miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens, offering spectacular views and unparalleled educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Come explore the volcano by day and night with a Volcano Outdoor School Program, or spend the evening in museum after dark fashion with the option of hands on educational inquiry and programs during Volcano After Dark. To make your trip to the mountain more memorable, the building and field camp site are also available for special events and rentals. The Science and Learning Center at Coldwater offers emersion into the volcanic landscape and world just outside, in the heart of the blast zone.
The facility is located at milepost 43 on State Highway 504, approximately 10 miles west of Johnston Ridge Observatory. Adjacent to the Science and Learning Center is the accessible Winds of Change Trail with a 1/4 mile paved loop offering views of the Toutle Valley. Also nearby is The Elk Bench Trail connecting with the Lakes Trail, providing stunning views of Coldwater Lake and frequent elk sightings along the way. The building has multiple conference rooms available for day use, numerous educational opportunities and programs as well as overnight accommodations.
Vancouver Summer Adventure backpacks are available for day use check out at the Science and Learning Center.
The Science and Learning Center will reopen in spring, 2014. Visitors are encouraged to stop in to get information, learn about education programs being offered, purchase souvenirs, and learn about the ecological recovery that is occurring at Mount St. Helens. Throughout the spring and summer, visitors may also see schools and education groups holding programs at the Science and Learning Center.