School Visit Information

West Side

Mount St Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is operated by Washington State Parks and Recreation, they are closed at this time due to COVID-19, 360-274-0962.

For use of the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater contact for renting the building and for education programs.  To learn more about the Mount St. Helens Institutute’s educational programs and opportunities, visit .

Johnston Ridge will remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Side

Ape Cave will remain closed until further notice due to the COVID19 pandemic. 

Call 360-449-7800 for more information.

When we can resume programming…

Both Sides of the Mountain

Chaperones and teachers must remain with their groups and attend all programs. The ranger is there to teach and lead the activities. Chaperones and teachers are responsible for:

  1. Ensuring that students behave in a respectful manner towards the ranger and other visitors;
  2. Making sure that students do not damage exhibits or facilities;
  3. Ensuring that students stay on the trails and on pavement at all times;
  4. Helping students complete their assignments; and,
  5. Making sure students don’t damage or remove resources, such as plants and rocks.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a federally protected educational, research and scientific site. Penalties for damaging this resource and/or removing plants, rocks and other artifacts may range up to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.