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 and the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Information on additional Mount St. Helens Institute programs can be found 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 at the Science and Learning Center.

 



2018 Events

 

April 14 – April 15 | Wilderness First Aid with NOLS

Science and Learning Center

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Spend the weekend at the Science and Learning Center increasing your knowledge of first aid and illness common in the outdoors. Food and lodging will be provided, allowing participants to focus on learning and enjoying the area.

 

NOLS instructors will teach you 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. 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

10am – 6pm

Johnston Ridge Observatory

$8/person 16+ | passes accepted, donations appreciated

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Join the Mount St. Helens Institute at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to mark the 38th anniversary of the 1980 eruption with special hands-on activities and prizes in addition to the great movies, ranger talks, exhibits, and gift shop that the Johnston Ridge Observatory already has to offer.  Hot lunch is available for purchase at the food cart in the parking lot. All admissions collected this day will support the Mount St. Helens Institute’s programs, including youth education.

 

Special additions:

– Complimentary cookies and hot beverages with admission

– Activity: “Predator or prey?” – use skull clues to figure out what MSH area animals eat

– Activity: “Who was here?” – match skat/poop and tracks to the correct animals

– Activity: “Will it blow?” – see if you can predict when the next eruption will occur

– Mount St. Helens photo booth – get a great photo with our fun props

– Raffle prizes: backpacks, guide books, and more! – benefits the Mount St. Helens Institute


 

June 1 – June 3 | Boy Scout Merit Badge Weekend with Volcano Scouting

Science and Learning Center
$30/person | BECOME A SPONSOR
open to OR & WA troops

 

Volcano Scouting’s third annual Merit Badge Weekend will provide Pacific Northwest boy scouts with a foundation of knowledge in the topics of geology, forestry, and ecology as they relate to Mount St. Helens. Industry professionals from these fields will work with the scouts in small groups to connect  merit badge requirements with real life experience. These activities may include presentations by public land managers and scientists, hands-on experiments, observations made in the wild, research gathered in the field, and classroom-style lectures. In addition to learning about Mount St. Helens, participants will also engage in various character development activities (CDA’s) like service projects, campfire programs, scavenger hunts, and games.


 

June 30 | Live Music by Northwest Groove at Johnston Ridge Observatory 

6:30pm – 8pm

Johnston Ridge Observatory

Free | JRO admission required until 6pm

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June 29 – July 1 | Art Blast with Art-Adventures.com

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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

Pick up and drop off in Castle Rock, WA

$295/camper | a limited number of need-based scholarships are available

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Join us for science and art adventures at the place where the mountain KABOOMs, rocks zoom, and flowers bloom. Volcano Venture is a co-ed residential 2-night summer camp for youth ages 8-12. We will hike, play, create art, and get nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens in the blast zone! Mount St. Helens Institute will pick up campers the morning of the first day of camp and drop off campers the early evening of the last day of camp.  The drop off/pickup location will be in Castle Rock, WA.


 

July 14 – July 15 | Family Adventure Camp

Science and Learning Center

$80/camper | a limited number of need-based scholarships are available

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Enjoy, explore and learn about Mount St. Helens with the whole family. Activities are designed for youth, adults, and intergenerational teams.  We will hike and play, create art, and get nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens.  Both indoor and outdoor sleeping options are available.  We welcome families of all ages, backgrounds, and structures including grandparents, extended family, families, with foster youth, etc.  ​We welcome children and families with special needs, please contact learn@mshinstitute.org to discuss accommodations.   Children are the responsibility of a parent or guardian at all times.


 

August 4  | Guild Mortgage Presents the MSH Sky and Star Party

Photo by John Chao

Starts at 3pm on Saturday, August 4th

Event at Science and Learning Center

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Join the Mount St. Helens Institute, Rose City AstronomersFriends of Galileo Astronomy Club and presenting sponsor: Guild Mortgage for…

 

Day activities, from 3pm to dark: explore the night sky inside a planetarium, create astronomy themed crafts, view the sun through a solar telescope, learn from guest speakers, and enjoy a healthy and kid friendly dinner.

 

Night activities, from dark to midnight: learn about night sky etiquette, go on a laser guided constellation walk, view planets and stars through a high powered telescope, enjoy a hot beverage, and more.

 

OVERNIGHT RESERVATIONS:

SOLD OUT – Please consider staying until midnight and staying in one of the nearby accommodations 

 

DAY ONLY RESERVATIONS:   $15/person

[DAY ONLY TICKETS]

– Sat 8/4 at/after 3pm until 9pm or at 12pm (must leave before 9pm or at 12pm to limit vehicle lights)

– Includes all activities and dinner

 

In order to facilitate parking and protect everyone’s night vision, advanced registration will be required for both day and overnight attendees. This event will take place rain or shine; night viewing may be cancelled due to weather. If night viewing is poor, we will have additional planetarium talks, films for adults and youth, and glow sticks and music. Reservations are not refundable, but are transferable.  Pets (other than service dogs), weapons, and alcohol/drugs are not allowed. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please call (360)274-2114 or email rent@mshinstitute.org for scholarship information.


 

August 11 – August 12 | Family Adventure Camp

Science and Learning Center

$80/camper | a limited number of need-based scholarships are available

BECOME A SPONSOR or sponsor a low-income family’s registration

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Enjoy, explore and learn about Mount St. Helens with the whole family. Activities are designed for youth, adults, and intergenerational teams.  We will hike and play, create art, and get nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens.  Both indoor and outdoor sleeping options are available.  We welcome families of all ages, backgrounds, and structures including grandparents, extended family, families, with foster youth, etc.  ​We welcome children and families with special needs, please contact learn@mshinstitute.org to discuss accommodations.   Children are the responsibility of a parent or guardian at all times.


 

September 1 | Backcountry Rise with Daybreak Racing

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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

11:00am – 4:00pm

Science and Learning Center

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Join us on Saturday, October 6th at the Science and Learning Center for the final Summer on the Mountain Event, Carnival of Color! We will have activities for all ages including: fall-themed crafts, carnival-style games, tie-dye, face painting, and more. Also enjoy live country and bluegrass tunes by musical guests Jawbone Flats.

 

Schedule:

11am | gate opens and event begins

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm | LIVE MUSIC by Jawbone Flats (country and bluegrass)

11am – 1pm & 1:30 – 3:30pm | FACE PAINTING

11am – 4pm | CRAFTS : tie dye (bring a cotton or natural fabric shirt to dye), shrink plastic, and pumpkin painting (with purchase in advance)

Tie-Dye: We will have a fun tie-dye station available throughout the event, with all of the tools, pattern guides, and colors you will need, but you must BRING YOUR OWN SHIRT or other white, cotton article of clothing you want to dye!
Painting Pumpkins: For the second year in a row, we will offer pumpkin-painting as one of our fun, unique crafts! Small pumpkins will be available to buy for $1 at the door. We have a limited supply and all pumpkins are available first-come, first-served.

11am – 4pm | GAMES: corn hole, pumpkin ring toss, paper airplane toss, and carnival games from the Children’s Discovery Museum

11am – 4pm | ACTIVITIES: Mount St. Helens photobooth, scavenger hunt

 

 



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:

Art-Adventures.com

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