Youth Programs

PROGRAM OPTIONS

For Individuals

Volcano Camp

Overnight science and exploration camps at Mount St. Helens

GeoGirls

Geology field camp for middle school girls

Ecology Camp

Adventuresome weeklong science camp in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone

MSH Sunset

 

For Groups

Family Camp

Enjoy, explore and learn about Mount St. Helens with the whole family.

Overnight

Geology and ecology-focused Volcano Outdoor School at Mount St. Helens

Day Trips

2 to 6 hour outdoor or indoor hands-on learning

High School Eco Research

Field ecology experiences for high school students

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about our camps and education programs


 

Volcano Camp

 

For SLC Website 1Science and art adventures in the shadow of a volcano!  Volcano camps are co-ed residential camp for youth ages 8-12.

 

“It’s such a great program. My daughter had an absolute blast. As a parent, I so appreciate that you offer such a learning-based, fun, affordable get-away.”

-Lava Learner parent

 

  • Dates: 2017 dates coming soon
  • Ages: 8-12


Ecology Camp

STEM STEM Student Aquatic Field Sampling_MSHI 2012-01Ecology Field Camp is an adventuresome weeklong science camp in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone. Participants will work with scientists on their research, conduct their own field ecology projects and explore numerous faces and landscapes of Mount St. Helens.

 

  • Dates: 2017 dates coming soon


 

Family Camp

2014 Volcano CampEnjoy, explore and learn about Mount St. Helens with the whole family. Activities will be 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.

Learn more here!

  • Dates:  2017 dates coming soon

 



OVERNIGHT VOLCANO OUTDOOR SCHOOL

For school groups and other youth groups.  MSHI provides 8-10 hours of instruction, lodging at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, dinner, breakfast and snacks.  Stay up to three nights.  All programs include outdoor exploration.  Lessons are aligned with National Science Standards and MSHI will adapt schedules and activities to meet your goals.  A minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 5 youth is required. The chaperones are responsible for the supervision of the group. Arrive at 2:00 p.m. and depart at 12:00 p.m.

Program Options:

•Geology of Volcanoes– Upper Elementary

•Advanced Geology: Hazards –Middle School

•Biology: Life Returns –Upper Elementary to Middle School

 

Program Pricing:

$75.00 per youth

$50.00 per adult (required 1:5 adult:student ratio)

Includes: 8-10 hours of education, admission to Johnston Ridge Observatory, lodging, dinner, snacks and breakfast.

$100 reservation deposit, $1200 minimum fee.

Maximum 40 youth.

Available May 1 – October 31. See calendar for availability.

 

Learn more about the facilities.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Volcano Outdoor School

 

To register, email learn@mshinstitute.org with the following information and we will confirm dates and send you a registration form:

Possible field trip dates

Student ages

Number of students and adults

Learning objectives

 


DAY TRIPS FOR GROUPS

 

For school groups and other youth groups. On your group’s trip to Johnston Ridge Observatory, stop at the Science and Learning Center for a special interactive 2-hour program.  Can’t choose just one?  Stay with us for up to 6 hours to explore and learn about the mountain through an incredible hands-on experience with our expert staff.

 

Program Options

  • Monitoring Volcanoes:The Spider: This indoor program focuses on technology, called the Spider, that USGS uses to study volcanoes. Youth will do hands-on activities with an on-site Spider and learn how to read and decipher the messages the spider conveys.

 

  • Guided Hummocks Hike:  Let’s go outside and explore the Hummocks (eruption-features) up close and personal. Hike the 2.7 mile loop through the heart of the blast zone with an experienced naturalist and educator. Learn about the hummocks and the biological changes occurring on the Mount St Helens landscape that are changing over time.

 

  • Detectives of the Disturbed: GPS scavenger hunt: Youth will explore the eruption and its effects using GPS units. This program immerses learners in the eruption and uses critical thinking to look at the evidence and make inferences regarding the volcanic landscape.

 

 

    • Why Volcanoes Erupt:  Learn about plate tectonics, rock and eruptions. Develop the skills to determine the different types of volcanic rocks and the processes that formed them.

 

  • Other options available upon request

 

Program Pricing:

•$16.00 per person/2 hour session

•$100 reservation deposit, $240 minimum fee.

 

Available May 1 – October 31. See calendar for availability.

 

Learn more about the facilities.

 

To register, email learn@mshinstitute.org with the following information and we will confirm dates and send you a registration form.

•Possible field trip dates and arrival time

•Student ages

•Number of students and adults

•Learning objectives

 

Johnston Ridge Observatory:

Visit Johnston Ridge Observatory at the beginning or ending of your stay. See Teacher’s Corner for more information. It is required for school groups to register on Teacher’s Corner to visit Johnston Ridge Observatory.


 

Volcano Outdoor School is available from May-October upon request.  A minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 5 youth is required. The chaperones are responsible for the supervision of the group. Volcano Outdoor School activities are aligned to National Science Standards and are not appropriate for youth under eight years of age.