Be an expert on the volcano in your backyard and become a Volcano Naturalist at Mount St. Helens. The Volcano Naturalist Course is a 12-week certification program offered by the Mount St. Helens Institute and U.S. Forest Service. Students in this course will have the opportunity to learn about the natural history of Mount St. Helens. Each class takes an in-depth look at a different subject, including the mountain’s eruptive history, the ecology of the blast zone, the cultural history of Mount St. Helens, and much more. Classes are led by an instructor who is an expert in his/her field. With over 40 hours of classroom instruction, and three hands-on field trips, participants leave the class not only as a certified Volcano Naturalist, but with a greater understanding and appreciation for the powerful geologic and ecological forces at play in their own community.
2018 COURSE INFORMATION
Location: Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St, Woodland, WA 98674
February 6, 2018 - May 5th, 2018
Evening classes Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm*
*No class April 3rd
Saturday, March 17th, Saturday April 21st, and Saturday May 5th.
8:00 am – 3:00 pm*
*Field trip dates are set, field trip times and duration may change. Field Trip locations will be to areas on Mount St. Helens or the greater surrounding area.
Course Fee: $350
MSHI Members: $345
MSHI Volunteers: $150*
*Only current Mount St. Helens Institute volunteers are eligible to receive this discount who were both active in 2017, and have at least 50 lifetime volunteer hours.
Volcano Naturalists must complete a minimum of 40 hours of instruction to receive their certification. Participants who need to miss more than two classes or field trips should contact the facilitator before registering to make sure that they will meet the minimum hour requirements.
Upon completion of the Volcano Naturalist Certification Program, participants are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 volunteer hours with the Mount St. Helens Institute during the year following their certification. Volunteer assignments are flexible as far as interest, ability, and availability. Learn more about volunteer assignments with the Mount St. Helens Institute online here.
Volcano Naturalist Certification Program, Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Do you have further questions about the Volcano Naturalist Program? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Director for the Mount St. Helens Institute.