Summer Ecology Program

The Mount St. Helens Summer Ecology Program is an adventuresome science program in the Mount St. Helens blast zone. We will work with professional scientists from the US Forest Service, regional universities and non-profit organizations on their research at Mount St. Helens. We will also conduct our own research projects, go day hiking and practice the myriad of ways of communicating science (art, scientific writing, journalism, photography, poetry). This program is designed to give you practical field experience and build your resume and applications for future decisions.

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Summer Ecology Program Information

WHO

Curious 15-17 year olds, who are interested in college or career endeavors in natural resources, ecology, biology or similar subjects.

Max number of youth: 12

Staff are trained educators who are passionate about volcanoes and ecology. All staff undergo background checks and have at minimum first aid and CPR training. Scientists are experts from the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot Task Force and regional universities.

WHAT

What We Will Do: After meeting, the group will we will travel through old-growth forest similar to pre-eruption Mount St. Helens to the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Field Camp near Windy Ridge where we will set up our base camp. Each day during the week we will explore aspects of field ecology research which may include stream surveys, road surveys, wildlife camera traps and plant ecology. Small research teams will work alongside researchers from the US Forest Service, universities and non-profits on their research. We also conduct our own research projects and have plenty of time to explore, relax and reflect in this incredibly dynamic landscape.

What Skills are Necessary: No experience in ecology, hiking or camping is necessary, but it is essential that participants are comfortable being outside and are curious about science.

Needed Supplies: Not much. You will need sturdy shoes, a sleeping bag, a daypack/school backpack, a ball cap or sunhat, and 2 good water bottles. We have sleeping bags for loan.

WHERE

Various locations in the Mount St. Helens Blast Zone. Meeting locations will vary based on participants.

The Mount St. Helens Institute operates a field camp at 4,000 feet in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We will “glamp” at this field camp near Windy Ridge.  Camp consists of canvas-walled sleeping tents with cots, an outdoor kitchen and an outdoor toilet with a lovely view of Mount Rainier.

Meals are home-style, nutritious and are made on-site. We are able to accommodate numerous dietary requests.

Think of the accommodations and meals as up-graded camping with an amazing view of Cascadian volcanoes.

WHEN

Sunday July 22 - Thursday July 26, 2018

Meeting time will vary based on meeting locations.

HOW

Submit an application. Applications will open in spring 2018.

Cost: $0.00-$600.00*

*Financial assistance is available. A financial aid application will be made available.

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Apply to Summer Ecology Program

Applications will be made available spring 2018.

APPLY FOR ADMISSION

  1. Complete and submit your application in one of the two following ways:
    • Complete the online Summer Ecology Program application.
    • Download the printable application. You can scan or take a photo of your complete financial aid application and send it by email to learn@mshinstitute.org OR send your paper application by mail to:

    Attn.: Summer Ecology Program

    Mount St. Helens Institute

    42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd.

    Amboy, WA 98601

  2. Ask a teacher to complete an online teacher recommendation form.

Applications will be considered once BOTH the application and the Teacher Recommendation Form are submitted.

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

We STRONGLY encourage all interested high school students to apply! Scan or take a photo of your completed financial aid application and send to learn@mshinstitute.org.

Download the printable financial aid application. You can scan or take a photo of your complete financial aid application and send it by email to learn@mshinstitute.org OR send your paper application by mail to:

Attn.: Summer Ecology Program

Mount St. Helens Institute

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd.

Amboy, WA 98601