Mount St. Helens is a living laboratory for all – a source of new scientific discoveries and an authentic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning environment. Mount St. Helens Institute believes in the power of science to help solve problems, inspire critical thinking, and make the world a better place. We believe that the natural world and public lands around us are an irreplaceable resource to be respected, loved, understood, and cared for. Our youth need the skills to become the next generation of land managers, innovators, engineers and scientists to steward public land, keep our communities safe from natural hazards and develop the technologies to better understand the inner workings of the Earth. Mount St. Helens is a public resource to inspire the next generation.
In school classrooms and in the dynamic, awe-inspiring outdoor classroom of Mount St. Helens, Mount St. Helens Institute supports teachers with Next Generation Science Standards and cultivates 21st Century career skills in youth. Through personalized learning experiences, students express their curiosity, develop their connection to the outdoors, discover a myriad of careers and are empowered to make a difference in our communities and on our public lands.
Science and art summer camps for youth and families, day and overnight field trips for schools and youth groups, classroom visits, and resources for teachers give youth of all ages the opportunity to explore the landscape and discover their potential. We believe that everyone, regardless of their background, physical ability, or economic status, can learn from and be inspired by the volcano in our backyard.
Co-ed overnight camp for youth ages 8-12
For 7th-8th grade girls from Oregon and Washington
1-night camps for families with youth ages 6-12
Adventuresome 4-night science camp for youth ages 15-17
For middle school teachers
Popular lecture series with fascinating topics about volcanoes and the Pacific Northwest
Program offers in-depth training on Mount St. Helens natural history and amazing volunteer opportunities