Summer on the Mountain Events

Summer on the Mountain is a public event series that takes place at the Mount St. Helens, Science and Learning Center.  Information for summer camps, adult guided programs, and other Mount St. Helens Institute events are HERE


All events are rain or shine!  We apologize that we cannot offer refunds for programs purchased in advance, but programs are transferable.   All events are subject to change without notice due to staffing, weather, or other things.  When possible, updates will be posted to the event Facebook page.  Weapons, alcohol, and dogs (other than service dogs) are not allowed as the Science and Learning Center in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.


2018 Events

April 14 – April 15 | Wilderness First Aid with NOLS




If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at camps or lead wilderness trips, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you. You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. You will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios. NOLS Wilderness Medicine’s course is approved by such organizations as the American Camp Association, the United States Coast Guard, and other state as well as federal agencies. Upon successful course completion you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Epinephrine Auto-injector, and on courses with the CPR module, Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management.


May 19 | It’s a Blast at Johnston Ridge Observatory

Information coming soon


June 29 – July 1 | Art Blast with

[Flyer and Registration]



Join Susie Cowan & Lee Baughman and the Mount St. Helens Institute for a creative, relaxed, and fun weekend spending 2 nights camping style inside the beautiful Science and Learning Center. Get inspired by the view overlooking Coldwater Lake and right into the crater of Mount St. Helens. The weekend includes acrylic painting/collage techniques, Gelli plate printing, guided naturalist walk, six buffet style meals, shared lodging, yoga, optional sightseeing and hiking, and more fun!


July 8 – July 10 | Volcano Venture Youth Camp

Information coming soon


July 14 – July 15 | Volcano Family Camp

Information coming soon


August 4 – August 5 | Sky and Star Party

Information coming soon


August 11 – August 12 | Volcano Family Camp

Information coming soon


September 1 | Backcountry Rise with Daybreak Racing




The Backcountry Rise Trail Runs include two different challenging and remote loop courses: a 50K and a 20 miler. Both distances start and finish at the spectacular Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center, itself a destination venue perched on the slopes above Coldwater Lake inside the National Volcanic Monument. Each race offers lakeside charm, big climbs, sweeping descents and stunning ridgeline views of the surrounding Cascade Volcanoes. Course highlights also include several stunning mountain lakes, rushing creeks and abundant wildlife including resident mountain goats, elk, cougar and many more.


October 6 | Carnival of Colors

Information coming soon


2017 Events

May 13 | It’s a Blast

June 10 | Art Eruption

 June 24 | Music of Seas & Sailors by LCC Symphonic Band

July 8-9 | Family Adventure Campout Weekend

August 12-13 | Perseid Meteor Shower Campout

September 16 | Sky and Star Party (night viewing weather dependent)

October 15 | Carnival of Colors

November 4 | Science and Learning Center Season Reopening | Cancelled due to weather advisory


A huge THANK YOU to the following partners and sponsors who made the 2017 events possible:

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

Castle Rock Community Development Alliance

Castle Rock in Bloom

Cowlitz PUD

Eureka! Engineering

Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club

Lower Columbia College

Red Canoe Credit Union 

Rose City Astronomers

United States Forest Service, National Volcanic Monument


2016 Eventssummer-on-the-mountain-rack-card-addnl-sponsors

May 14 | It’s a Blast

June 25 | Music on the Mountain

July 9 | Sky and Star Party

August 6 | Art Eruption

September 3-4 | Family Camp

October 1 | Carnival of Color


Despite some challenging weather, we had an amazing total of 1063 participants between all 6 summer events! Thank you to everyone who supported and/or attended these events.


A huge THANK YOU to the following partners and sponsors who made the 2016 events possible:

Castle Rock, America in Bloom

Castle Rock Community Development Alliance

Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club

John Chao Photography

Lower Columbia College

Rose City Astronomers

United States Forest Service, National Volcanic Monument