Volcano Venture

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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Volcano Venture Information

WHO

Co-ed camp for youth ages 8-11 (July 15-17, 2019) and ages 12-14 (July 22-24, 2019)

WHAT

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

WHERE

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

WHEN

Youth ages 8-11: July 15-17, 2019 (MON-WED)

Youth ages 12-14: July 22-24, 2019 (MON-WED)

HOW

JULY 15-17 (AGES 8-11) | REGISTER NOW | $307
JULY 22-24 (AGES 12-14) | REGISTER NOW | $307

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Click HERE to learn more about and apply for financial aid.

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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.  2019's specific Volcano Venture schedules will be created at a later date.

DAY 1

  • 10:00: Check-in at Science and Learning Center
  • 10:30: 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: Outdoor activity
  • 3:30: Pack up
  • 4:00: Final activities/closing ceremony
  • 5:00: Camper pickup at the Science & Learning Center

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.

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid application coming soon!

Complete and submit your application in one of the two following ways:

  • Complete the ONLINE FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION FORM HERE.
  • Download the PRINTABLE FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION HERE. 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.: Camp Scholarship Fund: Volcano Venture

Mount St. Helens Institute

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd.

Amboy, WA 98601