Since 1980, Mount St. Helens has been an important natural laboratory for geologic and biological research.  The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was established in 1982 to preserve 110,000 acres of the 1980 blast zone and to provide opportunities for recreation, research and education.


Summary of Geological Research

Summary of Biological Research

Find out about Research Opportunities at Mount St. Helens


Assist with Ongoing Research

The Mount St. Helens Institute helps scientists in many ways.  If you are interested in assisting with ongoing research at Mount St. Helens, we’d like to hear from you. Email Abi at


Eastside Field Camp for Students

The Institute provides a field camp east of Windy Ridge during summer months for scientists collecting data in the field. If you are scoping out a potential research project and need a place to camp, we may be able to accommodate you. Email Abi at  with the dates of your visit, the number in your party, your research institution and your area of research interest.