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!
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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.
Spring and summer trips are led on the north side of Mount St. Helens and focus on the ways in which the May 18, 1980 eruption shapes the landscape and the plants and animals that have returned to the landscape since the eruption. Spring and summer trips meet at the Coldwater Lake Picnic Area on WA State Rt. 504.
Winter trips are led on the south side of Mount St. Helens and focus on the plants, animals and people that are adapted to living at Mount St. Helens in the wintertime. Winter trips meet at the public rest area in Cougar, Washington.
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 email@example.com.
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