The Mount St. Helens Institute provides a wide range of programs to engage kids and adults alike in education and recreation. You could climb the mountain and learn about its rich history from an expert geologist, send your kids to experience “Volcano Outdoor School” or see the Mount St. Helens up close on either our Into the Crater or Crater View Climb! Click on the links below or to the left to explore our many educational and recreational programs.
Youth explore the mountain by day and by night. Our hands-on and outdoor activities provide foundational knowledge, team building, interactive adventures and guided inquiry to your child, class or youth group. Learn more here!
July 19 - Lawetlat’la- Exploring the Cultural Significance of Mount St. Helens with a Hike Above Tree-line
July 26-27 - From Old-Growth to Spirit Lake- the Changing Face of the Blast Zone
August 9 - The Awesome Hike - One of the most spectacular hikes in the Cascades
October 11 - Foraging for Edible Mushrooms
October 18 - Foraging for Edible Mushrooms
October 25-26 - Wildlife Track and Sign Certification with David Moskowitz
Geology on High Climbs: Climb to the crater rim with trained geologists! You will delve into the fascinating and complex geology of Mount St. Helens. Your adventure will start on Friday evening as you sit around the campfire and learn about the eruptive history of Mount St. Helens. The next day, the geologist will explain all facets of the geology of Mount St. Helens and answer questions while ascending Monitor Ridge to the rim. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for geology-enthusiasts!
Crater View Climbs: See the Mount St. Helens crater up close! This Mount St. Helens Institute exclusive climb affords an awe-inspiring up-close look from the flanks of Mount St. Helens directly into the crater including eye-level views of crater glacier and the 1980-86 and 2004-08 lava domes. Oh, and don’t forget about the vast vistas to the north that include Johnston Ridge. Spirit Lake, the Mount Margaret backcountry, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. Food and overnight accommodations at our Ridge Camp are provided as well.
Into the Crater Hikes: The hike begins on trail, as we descend from Windy Ridge and cross the Pumice Plain. We will depart the Loowit Trail and continue off trail as we travel up toward the crater breach. At stops along the route you will hear about the geology and ecology of this amazing landscape. At the crater breach, we will discuss Crater Glacier and other fascinating facts about Mount St. Helens unique landscape.
Southside Volcano Rim Climbs: These climbs offer an amazing opportunity to reach the top of America’s most spectacular volcano in the comfort of a group setting. Designed for first-time climbers or those wishing to learn from our experienced mountain guides, the Southside Volcano Rim Climbs provide an unforgettable adventure to those bold enough to sign up!
Explore Mount St. Helens’ amazing outdoors with us and learn what makes this volcano so special! Our Volcano Discovery Hikes are a wonderful way to explore new places with experienced volunteers. You will need to provide your own lunch and transportation to the trailhead.
July 12 & 13: Butte Camp Trail Beginner Backpack Trip
July 20: Ape Canyon Trail
August 23 & 24: Windy Ridge Area Hikes with Car Camping at Ridge Camp
September 20: June Lake Trailhead to Ape Canyon Trailhead via Loowit Trail
October 11: Ape Canyon Trail (Fall Colors Hike)
Volcano Views & Brews Lectures - Sit back and enjoy our popular lecture series.
Youth Stream Team - Help us collect stream restoration data.
Volcano Explorers - Live and interactive video presentations given by scientists.
Science and Learning Center - Have your group stay at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.
Teacher Workshops - Learning how to develop professionally as a teacher.
Internships - Check out our college internships.