Science and Learning Center

Family-Friendly Winter Reopening Celebration at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center

As winter approaches, visitors may be looking for things to do on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Mount St. Helens Institute is hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, to mark the winter reopening of the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Beginning Nov. 4, visitors to Mount St. Helens can explore the Science and Learning Center on weekends while the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for the winter season. The event features live music by Raeann Phillips, art workshops with biologist and artist Natalie Tonn, Forest Service Ranger talks, volcano and winter themed crafts, a Mount St. Helens photo booth, lunch on-site, a gift shop, and more. A full schedule is available at http://www.mshslc.org/events/#slcopening. A $10 suggested donation includes lunch and all activities.

The Science and Learning Center is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-May, when the Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens for the summer. Visitors to the Science and Learning Center during winter can enjoy a hike or snowshoe on nearby trails around the monument, watch two films about the 1980 eruption, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, and learn fascinating facts from employees and volunteers who love sharing information about this special landscape.

Science and Learning Center Winter Reopening Celebration

As winter approaches, visitors may be looking for things to do on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Mount St. Helens Institute is hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, to mark the winter reopening of the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Beginning Nov. 4, visitors to Mount St. Helens can explore the Science and Learning Center on weekends while the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for the winter season. The event features live music by Raeann Phillips, art workshops with biologist and artist Natalie Tonn, Forest Service Ranger talks, volcano and winter themed crafts, a Mount St. Helens photo booth, lunch on-site, a gift shop, and more. A full schedule is available at http://www.mshslc.org/events/#slcopening. A $10 suggested donation includes lunch and all activities.

The Science and Learning Center is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-May, when the Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens for the summer. Visitors to the Science and Learning Center during winter can enjoy a hike or snowshoe on nearby trails around the monument, watch two films about the 1980 eruption, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, and learn fascinating facts from employees and volunteers who love sharing information about this special landscape.

Carnival of Colors

Bring your kids for a fun and engaging day at the Carnival of Colors, happening at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Quentin Comus, a 16-year-old Boy Scout from Troop 520 in Newberg, Oregon, will install a 30 foot, permanent flagpole to begin the event. Comus’s Eagle Scout project focuses on building improvements that will help transition the visitor center (built in 1993) into an overnight education center. In addition to the flagpole installation, Comus will build two wheelchair-accessible changing rooms, paint the 14,000-square-foot building, and update the fire evacuation signage. The Carnival of Colors also includes:

  • Live music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew, formerly of the alt-rock band The Presidents of the United States)
  • Face painting by Kelsey the Face Painting Lady
  • Art workshops with Natalie Tonn, biologist and artist
  • OMSI traveling exhibits with brainteaser puzzles and animal items
  • Crafts including shrink plastic, pumpkin decorating, and fall banners
  • Carnival games including beanbag toss, paper airplane target, pumpkin ring toss, and more
  • Mount St. Helens photo booth station

A full schedule and tickets are available at http://www.mshslc.org/events/#carnivalofcolors. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. (Reduced priced tickets are available for low-income families.) Admission includes all activities, lunch, hot cider, and a pumpkin. To purchase tickets online now, click here. The event is hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Forest Service. Event sponsors include Eureka! Engineering, Cowlitz PUD, Red Canoe Credit Union, Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Community Development Alliance, and Castle Rock Blooms.

Art Eruption: Day of Creativity at Mount St. Helens

Come up to the Science and Learning Center at Mount St. Helens, where you can join the “Art Eruption” on Saturday, June 10. Create art inspired by the amazing landscape and take home your own, very personal piece of Mount St. Helens. This day of creativity includes mixed media art workshops, kids’ art workshops, naturalist-guided walks, live music with Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters, and food. Photo scavenger hunts will also take place around the building throughout the day. Or, if you prefer, you can bring your own art project to work on: knitting, crocheting, drawing, painting—whatever makes you happy! Here’s the schedule of activities:

  • Mixed Media Art Workshops: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., $15 (includes event admission). Use ink, paint, and smoke to make a one-of-a-kind print to take home. The workshop will be guided by award-winning water media painters Susie Cowan and Lee Baughman of Art-Adventures.com. This workshop is best suited for youth 16+ and adults.  All backgrounds and skill levels are welcome. The workshop includes instruction and all supplies.
  • Youth Nature Art Workshops: noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., $10 (includes event admission). Explore drawing and painting natural objects such as insects, moss, and rocks to create one or more prints to take home. The workshop will be guided by scientist and nature artist, Natalie Tonn. This workshop is best suited for kids over age six. All backgrounds and skill levels welcome. The workshop includes instruction and all supplies.
  • Naturalist Guided Walks: 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.: Learn about the 1980 eruption from the ¼ mile Winds of Change Trail from a trained ranger or naturalist. The path is paved but has some steep sections. This is a family-friendly walk.
  • Crafts and Activities: all day! Create a shrink plastic necklace or window charm, card or banner (Father’s Day is coming), get nature themed face painting from 3 to 5 p.m., make a Mount St. Helens diorama, join the photo scavenger hunt, and take a photo in the photo booth station.
  • Lunch: Potato & Salad Bar, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $7 for adults or $5 for kids, students, and seniors.

The Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center is located at 19000 Spirit Lake Highway (Milepost 43.3, State Route 504) in Toutle. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page, call 360-274-2114 or email rent@mshinstitute.org. You can also get more information about “Summer on the Mountain” events at http://www.mshslc.org/events/.

Above image: a happy participant in last year’s Art Eruption!

“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.

Art Eruption

Come up to the Science and Learning Center at Mount St. Helens, where you can join the “Art Eruption” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Create art inspired by the amazing landscape and take home your own, very personal piece of Mount St. Helens. This event—which is open to the public and welcome to participants of all ages and art experiences—gives you everything you need to create amazing art.

Susie Cowan and Lee Baughman of Art-Adventures.com (and popular teachers at Clark College) will lead three mixed media art (ink, watercolor, and smoke) workshops. Workshops will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Click here to register for a workshop. The cost is $15 per person and includes materials and step-by-step instruction to create two paintings. Each workshop will be limited to 30 participants.

Participants will be given supplies to create a Mount St. Helens diorama or a shrink-plastic necklace or window hang—as well as other, more creative options. Photo scavenger hunts will also take place around the building throughout the day. Or, if you prefer, you can bring your own art project to work on: knitting, crocheting, drawing, painting, and more.

The Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center is located at 19000 Spirit Lake Highway (Milepost 43.3, State Route 504) in Toutle. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page, call 360-274-2114 or email rent@mshinstitute.org.