Private Family Adventures

Roll up your sleeves, strap on your boots and join us in the field as we conduct hands-on investigation and model real-world science practices to learn about the science and stories of Mount St. Helens. Our Private Family Adventures are for family groups with youth.  We look forward to an unforgettable adventure with you and your family!

Explore a unique side of Mount St. Helens with your family or pod through guided trips led by the Mount St. Helens Institute. Whether in winter, spring or summer Mount St. Helens has stories to tell! Our private family adventures are designed to inspire your curiosity about Mount St. Helens and increase your comfort exploring the outdoors.

Trips are for groups that include youth under the age of 18. For groups of adults, please register for our Guided Adventures.

About our trips:

  • Duration: Both 3-hour and 6-hour long day programs are available. Both programs include hands-on activities. The 6-hour program includes a longer hike, a lunch break and visits to extra field sites.
  • Maximum Group Size: 12 people
  • Distance and terrain: We will explore both on hiking trails and off-trail in open and forested terrain. The distance we hike will depend on the comfort of the participants, the amount of snow, and the terrain. We will determine the distance and difficulty of the terrain of our adventure based on your group's needs. We may go half a mile or we may travel up to 4 miles. For winter trips, depending on the amount of snow, we may or may not use micro-spikes or snowshoes.
  • Permits: For spring and summer trips no permits are necessary. For winter trips, families will need to provide a Washington State SnoPark Pass
  • Availability: February through August


  • 6-hour Program: $120/person
  • 3-hour Program: $80/person

Youth 4 years old and younger are FREE.

Optional gear is available to rent for winter programs. You can sign up to rent equipment in the registration form or email us at

  • Trekking Poles - $10/pair
  • Snowshoes - $15/pair 

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