Research Opportunities

Applying for a Permit for Research or Media Access


The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument welcomes scientists and encourages new research. The monument issues permits to scientists from accredited institutions for entry into areas closed to off-trail travel and to authorize collection of rocks and other materials.  We also provide permits to accredited media representatives to enter closed areas and accompany scientists to remote research sites.



To apply, email us a .pdf of your signed application along with a letter of interest written on the letterhead from your sponsoring institution to the Monument Scientist ( – (360) 449-7835) or Lands and Special Uses (  – (360) 449-7844) .


Research and Media Permit Instructions and Conditions

Research and Media Permit Application Forms

Aircraft Entry/Landing Permit Application Form