Science and Learning Center Field Camp

This site is for use by education groups only.


Enjoy the closest camping to Mount St. Helens in a private, rustic group camping for 30+ people.  Field camp offers spectacular views of Mount St. Helens, Coldwater Lake, and the Mount Margaret back-country.


The SLC Field Camp has a phased plan to develop the site over the next few years which includes the addition of: 1) accessible paths and tent/building paths, 2) canvas wall kitchen tent, 3) cabins, bathrooms, and more!  Please see the notes below about the current state of the SLC Field Camp.


The building is best used as a sleeping area in conjunction with renting the Science and Learning Center (for gathering and eating).  The site is bumpy but has some level spots to place a tent.  There are several picnic tables available in an open area.  Portable toilets will be on-site May/June (pending snow melt) through September with compost toilets in the far corner of the parking lot year round. The site has NO running water.  Fires are not permitted. Cars are not permitted in this area and groups will need to carry their supplies in.  This site is not wheelchair accessible (funds are being raised to create accessible paths in 2018).  The area is adjacent to a steep cliff and small children should be supervised by parents or guardians at all time.


As of 8/2017: 19- 10 foot x 10 foot tent pads made of leveled dirt and several preliminary dirt paths have been created.






PHYSICAL  ADDRESS (click for map):
Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center (SLC)
19000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Milepost 43.3, State Route 504 (best for map apps)
Toutle, WA 98649

SLC on-site phone: (360) 274-2114


Mount St. Helens Institute
Attn: SLC
42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd
Amboy, WA 98601

Main MSHI phone: (360) 449-7883


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institute is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complain of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employers.