Family Adventure Camp

Enjoy, explore and learn about Mount St. Helens with the whole family!  We will hike and play, create art, and get nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens.  Activities are designed for youth, adults, and intergenerational teams. 

Like many organizations and businesses, we've had to adapt quickly and make tough decisions. After extensive deliberations, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel many of our 2020 and 2021 summer programs. You can read more about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

We are offering day programs for families called Private Family Adventures but not overnight summer camps for youth in the summer of 2021. For more information and to keep up to date with our programs, consider joining our mailing list.

WHO

Families with youth of all ages.  We welcome families of all ages, backgrounds, and structures.  ​We welcome children and families with special needs, please contact learn@mshinstitute.org to discuss accommodations.   Youth are the responsibility of a parent or guardian at all times.

WHAT

Family Adventure Camp begins on Saturday and ends on Sunday.  Family Adventure Camp includes "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" time for camper choice, with options including hiking, playing, creating art, and getting nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens in the blast zone!  Families are also welcome to relax with freetime activities.

Meals will be provided and will be eaten outdoors.  Read our program policies, including COVID-19 pandemic specific policies.

WHERE

Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center and nearby locations

Campers will sleep at Coldwater Camp, with spectacular views of Mount St. Helens, Coldwater Lake, and the Mount Margaret backcountry!  The site includes picnic tables and benches, a portable toilet.  The site has NO running water.  Fires are not permitted.  The campsite is within walking distance (~1/4 mile) from the Science and Learning Center, where indoor restrooms with running water will be available.

WHEN

Programs run mid-summer, July and August. 2021 overnight Family Adventure Camp is cancelled for 2021. Information about registration for 2022 Family Adventure Camp will be posted here spring 2022.

COST

$95 per person.  Youth 4 years of age and younger may attend at no additional charge.  A limited amount of need-based financial assistance for summer camps will be available.  You may apply for financial assistance HERE.  Click HERE to review eligibility criteria.