Registration is now closed for the 2021 Volcano Naturalist Program. If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the 2022 program, complete this form:
Become an expert on the volcano in our backyard as a Volcano Naturalist at Mount St. Helens. The Volcano Naturalist Program is a 12-week certification course offered by the Mount St. Helens Institute. Participants in this program will explore diverse aspects of the natural and cultural history of Mount St. Helens.
Each class takes an in-depth look at a different subject, including:
Classes are led by instructors who are experts in the field. With 36 hours of virtual classroom instruction, and two hands-on field trips, participants leave the class not only as a certified Volcano Naturalist, but with a greater understanding and appreciation for the powerful geological and ecological forces at play in our community.
"Without exception, every speaker was worth the commitment. I feel very fortunate to have learned from top scientists, journalists, and conservationists who have dedicated much of their adult lives to the mountain.”
The Volcano Naturalist Program is hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute with the support of community, university, and government partners including the U.S. Forest Service.
Registration is now closed for the 2021 program. If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the 2022 program, complete this form.
What’s different about the program in 2021?
Evening classes will be held virtually over Zoom.
We’re taking COVID-19 precautions for field trips:
The 2021 program will run from February 2nd - May 4th
Course Fee & Registration Dates
Volcano Naturalists must complete a minimum of 30 hours of instruction (not including field trips) to receive their certification. Participants who need to miss more than two classes should contact the facilitator before registering to make sure that they will meet the minimum hour requirements.
This year, volunteering is optional. While participants are encouraged to volunteer, we recognize volunteering may not be an option for everyone right now. Historically, upon completion of the Volcano Naturalist Certification Program, participants have been required to volunteer a minimum of 40 volunteer hours with the Mount St. Helens Institute during the year following their certification.
Mount St. Helens Institute volunteers support education, safety, and stewardship of Mount St. Helens in a variety of exciting assignments, which are flexible as far as interest, ability, and availability. Learn more about volunteer assignments with the Mount St. Helens Institute online here.
Participant Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
Download a printable flyer HERE.
Clock hours may be available for teachers through OSPI.
For more information contact: Sarah Philips, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 784-2108.