Learn about the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest with these educational videos and activities. Activities are best suited for youth grades K-5, but learners of all levels are welcome! Educator guides are available to support distance learning.
Volcano Tuesday programs were produced March through June 2020.
How did the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens impact the landscape? Join us on a virtual tour of the Hummocks Trail!
Why does the glacier at Mount St. Helens continue to grow, even as most of the glaciers around the world are shrinking? Join us as we demonstrate how to model the glacier at Mount St. Helens using ice cream, peanut butter and cookies!
After a volcanic eruption occurs, how does life return? Learn about how plants are adapted to live in volcanic debris through the story of one special plant called the lupine that helps make "soil from scratch."
What makes the landscape of Mount St. Helens unique for birds? Learn about the variety of birds that have made a home in the new landscape created by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
What happens when volcanoes go "Kaboom" and eject ash into the atmosphere? Learn about where and how can ash fall and how can we learn to better prepare communities that live near volcanoes.
What was the significance of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and how did it affect people before and after? Learn through a special guest presentation by Alysa Adams, interpretive ranger at Washington State Parks.
How old is Mount St. Helens? How frequently has Mount St. Helens erupted in the past? Learn about important milestones in the eruptive history of Mount St. Helens through by recreating the timeline of eruptive activity.
Why do some volcanoes go "Kaboom" and others spew lava more slowly? Learn about how the chemistry of magma beneath the surface affects the style of eruption we experience on the surface by experimenting with peanut butter and honey.
How did animals living at Mount St. Helens experience the 1980 eruption? Learn about what animals survived and how others returned by playing our "Survival is a Game of Chance" activity.
Why do volcanoes exist in certain parts of the world and not others? Learn about the role of plate tectonics and build your own plate tectonic model!
How have people who experience volcanic eruptions share their stories? Learn about the perspective of people who live on or near volcanoes through art.
How can you - like a volcano- make an impact on the world? Reflect on your personal growth and goals and create a portrait of yourself as a volcano.
What happened during the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens? Learn about the warning signs which preceded the eruption and the events that occurred on May 18, 1980 through movement.
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