Johnston Ridge Observatory

National Public Lands Day: Explore for Free!

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 30, one of several fee-free days in 2017 observed by the U.S. Forest Service to encourage everyone to experience their public lands. Fees are waived at most federal day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads, and visitor centers. In Southwest Washington, that means that every recreational site on Gifford Pinchot National Forest land is free for you to explore—as is the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. (Fees for camping and cabin rentals still apply, FYI.) To find a recreation site near you, visit this interactive recreation map.

And here’s a bonus for families of fourth graders: as part of the national Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth graders and their families can claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into and use of all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year. Fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into and use of all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students and their families can also redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Forest Service office. The voucher and passes are valid for the entire school year, from now through Aug. 31, 2018.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses over 1.3 million acres of land owned by the American public. For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit www.publiclandsday.org.

“It’s a Blast!” Summer Kick-Off at Mount St. Helens

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: http://www.mshslc.org/events/. 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 www.mshinstitute.org or contact Ray Yurkewycz at ryurkewycz@mshinstitute.org or 360-891-5069.

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: http://www.mshslc.org/events/. 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 www.mshinstitute.org or contact Ray Yurkewycz at ryurkewycz@mshinstitute.org or 360-891-5069.

“Project Wild Thing” at Johnston Ridge

David Bond, founder of the United Kingdom’s Wild Network and director of the play-based British documentary film “Project Wild Thing,” will be at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument as part of his United States tour. Bond will be at Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) on Sunday, Sept. 14, for a free screening of his documentary, a hilarious, real-life story of one man’s determination to get children out into the natural world. There will be a pre-film presentation by Bond at 5:45 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater of JRO, and at 6:30 p.m. the film will be shown inside the JRO Theater. Seating is limited, so the public is encouraged to register at http://bit.ly/1p7hqYO or  call 360-891-5222.

 

It’s a Blast! …at Mt. St. Helens

On Saturday, May 10, the Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) will kick off the 2014 summer season at Johnston Ridge Observatory and Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center with an aptly titled event, "It's a Blast!" featuring elk viewing, interpretive talks by MSHI volunteers and U.S. forest rangers, and a scientist-led guided hike on the Hummocks Trail. Enjoy breathtaking crater views and award-winning films about the 1980 eruption and mountain's subsequent return to life.  There will also be a book signing by David Anderson, local author of “Images of America—Mount St. Helens."

New this year: a "spider monitoring" instrument, developed by USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory scientists. The spider is a state-of-the-art monitoring package which contains instruments to detect earthquakes, ground swelling, lightning, and sound from explosive eruptions. Public demonstrations will be offered at the Science and Learning Center on May 10 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Both facilities will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 per person, or free for children 15 and younger and federal recreation pass holders. Proceeds from the event will benefit MSHI’s educational and volunteer programs. To learn more, visit mshinstitute.org or call 360.449.7883.