Volcano Venture

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Join us for science and art adventures at the place where the mountain KABOOMs, rocks zoom, and flowers bloom. Volcano Venture is a co-ed residential 2-night summer camp for youth ages 8-12.

“It’s such a great program. My daughter had an absolute blast. As a parent, I so appreciate that you offer such a learning-based, fun, affordable get-away.”

-Camper parent

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Schedule & Activities

Locations

Lodging

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Volcano Venture Information

WHO

Co-ed camp for youth ages 8-12

WHAT

We will hike, play, create art, and get nerdy about the geology and ecology of Mount St. Helens in the blast zone!

WHERE

Dropoff location: Castle Rock, WA*

Camp location: Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center: 19000 Spirit Lake Highway, Milepost 43.3 State Route 504, Toutle, WA 98649

*Mount St. Helens Institute will pick up campers the morning of the first day of camp and drop off campers the early evening of the last day of camp.  The drop off/pickup location will be in Castle Rock, WA.

WHEN

Sunday - Tuesday, July 8-10, 2018

HOW

REGISTER HERE

$295/camper.  A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Click HERE to complete the financial aid application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For more information: Email learn@mshinstitute.org


Schedule & Activities

*Please note that our staff may change the schedule at any time. This is a general example.  2018's specific Volcano Venture schedules will be created at a later date.

DAY 1

  • 8:00: Meet in Castle Rock, WA
  • 9:00: Arrive at SLC, settle in
  • 9:30 Outdoor Activities
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:30: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 1:30: Go to Johnston Ridge Observatory
  • 3:30: Activity at Coldwater Lake or Crafts
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:00 Structured Free Time
  • 7:30: Large Group Game
  • 8:00: Evening Circle: Songs and Stories or Short dusk hike
  • 9:00 Final indoor activity and bedtime

DAY 2

  • 7:00: Wake up
  • 7:30: Breakfast
  • 8:00: Large Group Activity
  • 9:30: Hike
  • 12:00: Lunch
  • 12:30: Coldwater Lake Activity
  • 2:00: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 3:00: Choose Your Own Adventure (crafts, science activity, hike)
  • 4:00: Structured Free Time
  • 5:30: Dinner
  • 6:00: Group Game and Group Activities
  • 8:00: Evening Circle: Songs and Stories or Short dusk hike
  • 9:00 Final indoor activity and bedtime

DAY 3

  • 7:00: Wake up
  • 7:30: Breakfast
  • 8:00: Group Activity
  • 9:00: Outdoor Activity
  • 11:30: Lunch
  • 12:00: Feet-on-bed time with quiet activities (nap, journaling, reading, etc.)
  • 1:00: Choose Your Own Adventure (crafts, science activity, hike)
  • 2:30: Pack up
  • 3:00: Final activities
  • 3:45: Depart SLC for Castle Rock, WA
  • 5:00 Parent Pickup in Castle Rock, WA

Locations

Science & Learning Center

  • The SLC is a re-purposed visitor center in the heart of the blast zone and just 10 miles from Johnston Ridge Observatory.
  • Site is wheel-chair accessible.
  • Learn more about the facilities at the SLC here
  • View location of SLC in Google Maps.

Hummocks Trail

  • Some Volcano Outdoor School programs include a guided hike on the Hummocks Trail.
  • The Hummocks are the landforms which formed during the 1980 eruption as the top of Mount St. Helens fell apart in a giant landslide the pieces of the old mountaintop slowed and stopped downvalley. The Hummocks Trail is a 2.7 mile loop trail which winds up and down through the hummocks, passing habitat which established after the 1980 eruption.
  • The Hummocks Trail parking lot is about a 10-minute drive from the Science & Learning Center.
  • View location of Hummocks Trail in Google Maps.

Coldwater Lake

  • Some Volcano Outdoor School programs include a visit to Coldwater Lake to eat lunch, conduct an aquatic study, or otherwise explore this incredible lake which formed as a result of the 1980 eruption.
  • Coldwater Lake sits in the valley adjacent to the Science & Learning Center. The Coldwater Lake vicinity includes a picnic area, restrooms, and the 0.6 mile interpretive “Birth of a Lake” boardwalk trail.
  • Coldwater Lake is about a 10-minute drive from the Science & Learning Center.
  • View location of the Coldwater Lake Picnic Area in Google Maps.

Lodging

  • Campers will sleep inside the Science & Learning Center in one of our two bunk rooms.
  • Our two bunkrooms (with a total of 26 total beds), as well as numerous large rooms, accommodate separate male and female sleeping arrangements.
  • There are centrally located bathrooms with hot water inside the SLC.
  • Showers are not available.