The Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is a hands-on education center located seven miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens, offering spectacular views and unparalleled educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Come explore the volcano by day and night with a Volcano Outdoor School day program or overnight program. To make your trip to the mountain more memorable, building and camp site are also available for special events and rentals. The Science and Learning Center at Coldwater offers immersion into the volcanic landscape and world just outside in the heart of the blast zone.
The Science and Learning Center is located at milepost 43 on State Highway 504, approximately 10 miles west of Johnston Ridge Observatory. Adjacent to the Science and Learning Center is the accessible Winds of Change Trail with a 1/4 mile paved loop offering views of the Toutle Valley. Also nearby is The Elk Bench Trail connecting with the Lakes Trail, providing stunning views of Coldwater Lake and frequent elk sightings along the way. The building has multiple conference rooms available for day use, numerous educational opportunities and programs as well as overnight accommodations.
Within walking distance of the Science and Learning Center is Coldwater Camp, a campground with stunning views of Mount St. Helens and Coldwater Lake that is available for group rentals.
Groups may rent either or both the Science & Learning Center or nearby Coldwater Camp for overnight stays. Showers are not available at either site.
Please note that these dates are subject to group size and staff availability.
Interested in joining us for an education or rental program at Mount St. Helens? Complete THIS FORM to tell us about the type of education program or rental you would like to request. This form is non-binding. It helps us determine availability and begin the registration process. Once we receive your request we will contact you to schedule your group. If you have any questions about Volcano Outdoor School or how to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can review program policies HERE.
The Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center has amazing views and plenty of parking, 288 spaces
The mountain provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for special events
Amazing floor to ceiling views of the mountain
Seating for up to 100 people for lectures, music, and other events
Five round tables and 10 square tables provide plenty of seating for up to 60 people. Additional tables and chairs upon request.
View from pavilion entry
The original restaurant seating offers places for 72 outside on the deck overlooking Coldwater Lake
The kitchen features a large griddle, 2 burner stove, commercial refrigerator, chest freezer, and a food warmer
Stainless steel counters and prep sink and 3 basin sink are located in the rear of the kitchen
4 quad bunk beds sleep 16
A large wall-mounted projector screen, windows with views of Mount St. Helens, and plenty of space make this an ideal place to host an event or have a slumber party
Sleep on one of the 11 beds in the large room and wake up to views of the mountain.
Used for training
The theater with 24 seats and audio visual is ideal for lectures or for showing films. The projector is connected to a DVD player and speakers
Amazing views of Coldwater Lake, Mount St. Helens, and the Toutle Valley