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Volcano! Plan a family visit to Mount St. Helens


Has your family taken time to explore our state's recently active volcanoes?

There are a bunch of great educational and recreational opportunities this spring and summer near Mount St. Helens, which is easily reachable from Seattle.

Programs are scheduled at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center and at the campgrounds in nearby Seaquest, Ike Kinswa and Lewis and Clark state parks. 

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, 3029 Spirit Lake Highway, Castle Rock.

Visitors of all ages will learn from 25-minute talks about the eruption and recovery, given multiple times daily at the visitor center. In addition to giving formal talks, interpretive staff will be at the visitor center seven days a week to answer questions and provide information.


Seaquest State Park, 3030 Spirit Lake Highway, Castle Rock.

Morning guided forest walks are set for 9:30 a.m. Sundays, June 9 through Sept. 1. Walkers will meet at the playground in the day-use area for a 1-mile, one-hour flat guided walk through the rich understory of forest plants beneath towering trees. Along the way, visitors will learn about the park’s ecosystem and the critters that call this place home. Visitors of all ages and well-behaved dogs on leash are invited to join.

Seaquest also will have evening Junior Ranger programs in the campground, typically from 7-8 p.m. on weekend evenings. Details at the park.

Other nearby state parks (with camping and Junior Ranger programs):

Ike Kinswa State Park, 873 State Route 122, Silver Creek
Lewis and Clark State Park, 4583 Jackson Highway, Winlock 


More on Mount St. Helens

The states Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is one of several visitor facilities on the Spirit Lake Highway. The Forest Learning Center, operated by Weyerhaeuser, is located at milepost 37. The Science & Learning Center, operated by the Mount St. Helens Institute is at milepost 43. The Johnston Ridge Observatory, operated by the U.S. Forest Service is at milepost 52.


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