Mount St. Helens Institute
Founded in 1996, Mount St. Helens Institute connects people of all ages to Mount St. Helens and our natural world through educational programming designed to enrich peoples' appreciation and understanding of the Pacific Northwest’s youngest and most active volcano. We are proud of the many ways we connect people to the volcano they love, from our outdoor youth education programming hosted at the Mount St. Helens Science & Learning Center at Coldwater, to expert-led field seminars and guided exploration programs, to meaningful volunteer opportunities occurring all over Mount St. Helens and surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We consider ourselves to be purveyors of passion; and our passion is Mount St. Helens. OUR MISSION The Mount St. Helens Institute advances understanding and stewardship of the earth through science, education and exploration of volcanic landscapes.
There is a tremendous need, especially for under-resourced youth, to experience nature while engaging in hands-on science. In Washington, only 40 of every 100 children will graduate high school competent in STEM-related skills, according to a 2014 study by Boston Consulting Group. At the same time, kids are spending less and less time outdoors, removed from the environment that supports us and physical activity. We can help counter these disturbing trends with programs that boost student interest and success in STEM disciplines and the outdoors with support from individuals and businesses right here in southwest Washington.