Teachers Corner


Please make a special request if you would like to bring your group. Please note that all services may not be available –please come prepared for your visit.  Practice social distancing at trailheads and all developed recreation areas.

Johnston Ridge Observatory and state route 504 past mile post 45 are not open to the public because of a debris flow that removed a portion of the road and a bridge.  It also severed and destroyed the powerline to Johnston Ridge Observatory.

The Forest Service is working with Mount St Helens Institute and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to provide opportunities for schools to visit fall 2023.

Teacher’s Corner

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was established to promote environmental and science education.

Each year, over 10,000 students travel to Mount St. Helens to see the dramatic effects of the 1980 volcanic eruption, and observe how plants and animals have responded.

Visit the Volcano!

Students listening to a Ranger at Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center
Some groups travel to the Mount St Helens Visitor Center, the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, the Hummocks Trail, and Coldwater Lake Recreation Area on Washington State Route 504 to the northwest side of the Monument.

Other schools visit attractions on the Monument’s south and east sides, including: Lahar Viewpoint, Ape Cave, Trail of Two Forests, and Windy Ridge (many are only accessible in the fall). All of these areas offer different educational opportunities and experiences.

School groups visit May through June and September through October, when field trip sites are accessible.  For more information on school visit dates and available programs, please visit the School Visit Details page.

Follow the instructions below to register your school group.

Step 1: Select the area of the Volcano you wish to visit
Step 2: Check Registration Calendar For Availability

Registration Calendar – Must Select an Area