GeoGirls is a geology and technology field camp for middle school girls at Mount St. Helens. GeoGirls explore the volcanoes in their backyard, the hazards they pose to human population and the technology scientists use to monitor them.

This program is a collaborative effort between the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey – Cascades Volcano Observatory along with partners from UNAVCO, University of Washington, Oregon State University, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources.  Click on the links below to learn more.

     GeoGirls 2017

  • When: July 30-August 3, 2017 (5 days, 4 nights)
  • Who:
    • 25 girls graduating from 7th and 8th grade from Washington and Oregon
    • 5 girls graduating from 10th-12th grade from Washington and Oregon
    • 4 female middle school science teachers from Washington and Oregon
  • Where:
    • Dropoff location is at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters near Amboy, WA
    • Mount St. Helens Institute Ridge Camp is a rustic camp on the northeast side of the volcano near Cascade Peaks Information Station with canvas walled tents, wood stoves and excellent cooking facilities (health department certified).
    • The Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is a re-purposed visitor center that GeoGirls will have all to themselves which includes a commercial kitchen and excellent views of the volcano. The Science and Learning Center is located 43 miles east of Castle Rock, WA.
    • Pickup location is at Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA.
  • Cost: Free! thanks to grants and donors
  • Questions: Contact



Help us spread the word! Click on the image to the right to download the 2017 GeoGirls Flyer to post in your school.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY!  Click on the links below


Girls from WA and OR graduating from 7th & 8th grades

High School Mentors

Girls from WA & OR graduating from 10th-12th grades

Teacher Mentors

Female middle school science teachers from WA & OR


Female geoscientists and ecologists ranging in experience, including undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, professors, industry professionals, and geoscience education/outreach professionals

Applications for 2017 GeoGirls, High School Mentors, and Teacher Mentors open March 8 and are due April 5. Selections will be announced April 26, 2017.