Visitor’s Center Itineraries
The following itineraries are meant to serve as planning tools providing you with realistic time frames and a range of lesson plans to maximize your students’ experience at Mount St. Helens. You are not required to use these itineraries. The timelines for all itineraries are based on typical arrival times to the Johnston Ridge Observatory at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30.
Begin by selecting the itinerary below that meets your time frame and the content areas you desire to teach. When you open an itinerary review each student activity. Each activity includes goals and objectives, instructional sequences, student worksheets and answer sheets. Download or print a copy of the itinerary and the student activities if you are interested. Think quality, not quantity.
Elementary school itineraries are designed for 4th and 5th grade students
Middle school itineraries are designed for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
Note: The Hummocks Trail is located within a sensitive research area–group size should NOT exceed 30 students. Student behavior at this site will determine if it will remain open to school groups in the future. It is your responsibility to ensure future access. The collection of rocks, wood or plants, off trail travel, and tampering with research equipment is strictly prohibited.