Classroom Resources

Education lies at the very core of the Institute’s mission and the Mount St. Helens Institute connects teachers with resources.  Bring trained MSHI Volcano Volunteers into your classroom, connect with real scientists online with our Volcano Explorers webinars, use our online lessons to augment your classroom lessons, or browse our collection of recommended online resources from others.

KABOOOM! Volcanoes in the Classroom

If you are a teacher in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, or Multnomah County, Mount St. Helens can come to your class! A trained Mount St. Helens Institute volunteer will present a short slide show and hands-on activity.




Presentation Options

Grades 1-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8
  • Eruption: Discover the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens
  • Life Returns: Learn how organisms survived and helped shape the return of life at Mount St. Helens
  • Eruption: Discover the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens
  • Lava Tubes: Learn how lava tubes like Ape Cave form (4th and 5th grade only)
  • B.A.D. Rocks: Explore volcanic rocks
  • Life Returns: Learn how organism survived and colonized to shape the return of life at Mount St. Helens
  • Eruption: Discover the forces behind the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens
  • Return to Life: Explore the ecosystem response to the 1980 eruption and learn how life returned
  • B.A.D. Rocks: Understand the difference in volcanic rocks and eruptions and learn to identify rock features
Summaries and Standards for Grades 1-2 Summaries and Standards for Grades 3-5 Summaries and Standards for Grades 6-8

To Register:

1) Complete the form with a few date options.

2) The Mount St. Helens Institute will recruit a volunteer and reply to your request.




To Become a Kaboom! Volcanoes in the Classroom volunteer, email

Volcano Explorers

Starting in 2008, this school program brings live, interactive video presentations by preeminent scientists and educators to students across the country. Using webinar technology, Volcano Explorers easily works in just about any classroom with a computer, projector and internet connection.

Who should attend? All classes are welcome to attend, but the presentations are aimed at 5th – 8th grade classes that study earth history, landforms or geologic processes.

Participating classes will be able to write questions using the “Chat” feature in the webinar program and time will be reserved to address student questions. As long as you have a computer, speakers and a projector you will be able to project the program up on a screen for your class.

To learn more, email

To watch past Volcano Explorers, click here.


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