Indoor Facilities

The Mount St. Helens Institute invites you to join us at the Science and Learning Center for classes, conferences, retreats, and other events.


2016 SLC Building Layout

Overlooking Coldwater Lake, this spectacular building in the heart of the blast zone offers groups of all sorts the exclusive opportunity to gather, learn, and be inspired in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.  The building is approximately 11,000 square feet and is divided into multiple rooms.


Our rental options are ideal for school and education groups of all ages, lunches, retreats, trainings, and other events. Our onsite manager will help you manage your event, big or small. Revenue from Science and Learning Center rentals support youth science education programs and building maintenance.



The Science and Learning Center is conveniently located between Seattle and Portland off I-5, on State Route 504.


Milepost 43.3, State Route 504, Toutle, WA 98649


SLC Location Map



Groups may cook their own food, have buffet-style meals provided, or contract directly with a catering company.


The Mount St. Helens Institute can provide a limited menu of delicious buffet-style meals from our in-house kitchen starting at $7/meal. We are happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice. If you plan to be hiking or out and about all day, you can even pack your lunch to go! Coffee and tea service is available for your meeting or conference.



With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Science and Learning Center can comfortably sleep 60 people.  There are 8 bunk beds and 10 beds for a total number of 26 beds.  Additional people can bring air mattresses, camping pads, or cots for indoor camping.


Outdoor accommodations are also available in our primitive field camp area for education groups only.






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.