Mount St. Helens Institute Offers Snow-Camping Seminar and More!

Please join us on one or more of these fun outings!

The Mount St. Helens Institute is offering a multi-day class on snow camping for beginners. This two-part class includes classroom instruction on January 31 and field instruction on March 7/8. Open to youth over 14 and adults, the class is designed to teach snow-camping techniques including snow cave construction, avalanche awareness and the tools necessary for cold-weather survival. Henry Panter, a self-taught mountaineer with many years of experience, will instruct this class. The class fee of $100 per person includes both the classroom and field instruction and includes an MSHI T-shirt. Children 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Mount St. Helens Institute has opened online registration for all of its 2009 Field Seminars and Guided Climbs. A wide variety of field classes are being offered to explore the Northwest's volcanic landscapes and to gain a greater understanding of Mount St. Helens' natural and cultural history.

  • January 31 & March 7/8 Two Part Class: Snow Camping in the Cascades with Henry Panter
  • April 4 -- Winter Climb of Mount St. Helens with Henry Panter
  • April 25, 2009 -- Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge with hiking guru and author, Bill Sullivan
  • June 13, 2009 -- Spirit Lake: Life Before the Eruption with author Christine Colasurdo
  • June 27, 2009 -- Mount St. Helens Geology from on High: A Geologist-Guided Climb to the South Crater Rim with geologist, Dr. Larry Mastin
  • June 27, 2009 -- Kayaking on Coldwater Lake with Monument Scientist, Peter Frenzen
  • June 28, 2009 -- Managing Fire and Fuels after the 1980 Eruption with fuels expert John Parsons
  • July 11 & July 18, 2009 Family Fishing Seminar: Two-part class with Geologist Jeff Marso
  • July 18, 2009 -- Mount St. Helens: Life Returns to the Heart of the Blast Zone
  • A Biologist-Guided Exploration of the Pumice Planes and Developing Ecosystem North of the Crater with Biologist, Dr. John Bishop
  • August 8, 2009 -- Kayaking at Coldwater Lake with Katherine Bilyeu and Bob Appling
  • August 8, 2009 -- Mount St. Helens: Geology on High, A Geologist-Guided Climb to the Crater Rim with Geologist, Dr. Tom Pierson
  • August 15, 2009 -- Photographing a Volcanic Landscape with Retired Forest Service photographers, Tom Iraci & Dave Seescholtz
  • August 15, 2009 -- Mount St. Helens: Stargazing Spectacular with the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers
  • October 10, 2009 -- Mushroom Hunting in the Cascades with Maggie Rogers
  • Guided Climbs: July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, August 6, August 14, August 21, August 28 with Geology and Ecology Interpretation

The Mount St. Helens Institute is dedicated to helping people of all ages gain an understanding of the natural processes and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest's volcanic landscapes. The Institute offers conservation and science education through a variety of volunteer projects including Volcano Volunteers (trained interpreters), Mountain Stewards (climbing and backcountry volunteers) and Conservation projects designed to preserve and promote access to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Institute relies on volunteers for most of its projects and courses. Visit our website for more information: or Email

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