Virtual Field Trips to Mount St. Helens

Investigate Mount St. Helens with us in a live, interactive, and thought-provoking virtual field trip program! While we cannot visit the mountain in person, you and your students can visit in the next best way - in an interactive 360-degree virtual environment! 

Our virtual field trip packages are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, are directed by student observations, and come with ready-to-use lessons plans for before and after your field trip with us.  Our virtual field trip package combines synchronous and asynchronous segments to enhance the student experience.

Live Field Trip Duration: 45 min to 1 hour

Suitable for: Students Grades 4-8

Cost:  $125 per class group, up to 30 students.  Financial assistance is available for qualifying groups.

Virtual Field Trip Package Includes:

  • A pre-field trip lesson complete with a lesson plan, pre-recorded videos, and an activity;
  • A 3-part virtual field trip in a 360-degree virtual environment that students can explore asynchronously;
  • A copy of your students’ responses from the 360-degree virtual environment that you can use for assessment and a record of participation;
  • A LIVE session in the 360-degree virtual environment led by one of our expert and inspired educators;
  • A post-field trip lesson that builds on what students saw and thought about during the field trip; and
  • Access to the virtual field trip environment for the remainder of the school year.

TOPICS

GEOLOGY: Building Up & Breaking Down

Jack Smith

photo credit: Jack Smith, Associated Press

What causes landforms to build up and break down? Students will explore the ways that different forces of geology change the shape of the land.

The elementary school field trip package supports the NGSS Performance Expectations 4-ESS1-1.

The middle school field trip package supports the NGSS Performance Expectation MS-ESS2-2.

ECOLOGY: Renewal of Life
 

Lyna Vu

photo credit: S.E. Nelson

How does a living landscape recreate itself after a volcanic eruption? Students will explore the renewal of life at Mount St. Helens and the plants and animals that make their home at Mount St. Helens today. 

The elementary school field trip package supports the NGSS Performance Expectation 5-ESS2-1.

The middle school field trip package supports the NGSS Performance Expectation MS-LS-2-3.

 

OVERVIEW

What will my students be doing BEFORE the live session?

Our pre-field trip activity includes pre-recorded videos about the 1980 eruption and a follow-up activity to review the events of the 1980 eruption. OPTIONAL: We provide links to the 360 virtual field trip space for students to explore field sites around Mount St. Helens in advance of the live session. This allows students time to explore the virtual field trip space at their own pace.

What will my students be doing DURING the live session?

A Mount St. Helens Institute educator will lead your students on a tour of various field sites around Mount St. Helens in the virtual 360 environment.  This session is hosted on a video conferencing platform of your choice.  At each field site, students will be asked to make observations, and explore photos, video, and other media that provide evidence to learn about processes that shape the site. 

Our field trips are designed to minimize lecture time and to maximize time for students to make observations, practice scientific thinking, and engage in group conversations.   Our educators will be the “guide on the side” as the entire class visits each site together, shares what they noticed and what they thought about it.  There will be time for Q&A.  

Our educator will lead a slightly different program depending on whether students have or have not explored the virtual field trip space in advance of the live session.

Our 360 virtual field trip space is built from 360-degree photos and videos that allow students to explore in all directions.

 

 

 

 

Our 360 virtual field trip space includes embedded forms for students to record their observations and ideas. Student responses are recorded in Google Sheets and shared with teachers as a tool for participation and assessment.

 

 

Our 360 virtual field trip space includes clickable icons that pop up with photos and videos to provide evidence and support student sense-making at their site.

 

 

 

 

What will my students be doing AFTER the live session?

We provide links for students to explore the virtual 360 space on their own after the live session, as well as links for post-field trip activities.  Post-field trip activities ask students to reflect on what they learned and apply lessons from Mount St. Helens to other landscapes. 

Can I view the virtual field trip after the live program?

Yes. Our virtual field trip package provides links for you and your students to access the virtual 360 environment before and after your live program. These links will remain available for the remainder of your school semester.

What if a student of mine does not have internet access?

It is possible to access the 360 virtual environment offline. We can provide a copy of the virtual field trip as an executable file that works on Windows or Mac.

What if all of my instruction is asynchronous?

Please email learn@mshinstitute.org to discuss the best solution to replace the live session.  This could include a 1-on-1 session with the teacher or providing some written responses to student questions.

REGISTRATION & NEXT STEPS

BEFORE YOU REGISTER

  1. CHECK AVAILABILITY for your live session by clicking the “Register Now” button below and viewing the calendar without checking out. Please check your school calendar before booking your live session– there are no refunds for cancellations. If you are unable to find a date/time that will work for your group, please contact learn@mshinstitute.org as there may be other date/times available. Please register your group for your program no later than 2 weeks before your desired program date. Available dates/times are first-come, first-served.
  2. KNOW HOW YOUR GROUP WILL MAKE PAYMENT There are a number of payment options, including:
    • Pay when you complete the registration form with a credit card.
    • Pay after you complete the registration form with a credit card or check. After you complete the registration form, you will be sent an invoice or purchase order with further instructions for how to remit payment. Payment is due 2 weeks before your live program.
  3. APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID, IF ELIGIBLE.  Please see the eligibility criteria below, and if eligible complete the financial aid form HERE. Groups awarded financial aid will be sent a coupon code to use at the time of registration.  See below for eligibility criteria for financial assistance:
    • Schools where 70%+ students receive free/reduced meals or are considered low-income will receive a 100% discount.
    • Schools where 69-60% students receive free/reduced meals or are considered low-income will receive a 50% discount.
    • Schools where 59-50% students receive free/reduced meals or are considered low-income will receive a 25% discount.
  4. Review our program policies.

 

 

After you register:

  • After you complete the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with your receipt, invoice or purchase order within 3 business days.
  • After you remit payment, you will receive an email with more detailed information about your live virtual program!

THANK YOU FOR LEARNING WITH US AT THE MOUNT ST. HELENS INSTITUTE!

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