Mount St. Helens: It’s a Blast!

On Saturday, May 13, Mount St. Helens will welcome a steady stream of visitors for “It’s a Blast!” a public outreach and fundraising event hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute to kick off the 2017 summer season at the Johnston Ridge Observatory and the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center. Enjoy enthralling exhibits, breathtaking crater views, award-winning films about the 1980 eruption, and the astonishing return to life at Johnston Ridge Observatory.

Visit the Science and Learning Center for kids’ activities, crafts, guided hikes, and music from Amber Sweeney. Admission is $8 per person and benefits Mount St. Helens Institute’s education and volunteer programs. The event is free for children 15 and younger and federal recreation pass holders.  Both facilities will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s the schedule at the Science and Learning Center:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.—OMSI brain teasers and animal artifacts, education activities and crafts, photo booth station with props
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. —Guided Hummocks Trail Hike (meet at Hummocks Trailhead)
  • Noon—TRASHCANO! demonstration
  • 12:30 p.m.—TRASHCANO! demonstration
  • 1 to 4 p.m.—Music by soul/rock songwriter Amber Sweeney Trio at the Science and Learning Center
  • 2 to 4 p.m.—Guided Hummocks Trail Hike (meet at Hummocks Trailhead)
  • 2 p.m.—TRASHCANO! demonstration
  • 3 p.m.—Guided walk on Winds of Change Trail
  • 4 p.m.—TRASHCANO! demonstration

Check here for more details: The Mount St. Helens Institute is a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization that advances understanding and stewardship of the earth through science, education and exploration of volcanic landscapes. For more information, visit or contact Ray Yurkewycz at or 360-891-5069.

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