The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is located in the southeastern area of Washington state.
Where is this Forest?


Explore Mount St. Helens... Discover Ecosystems in Action

At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted and blew down or scorched 230 square miles of forest...30 years later, recovery at Mount St. Helens continues. Read more...

Produced by the US Forest Service in cooperation with Mount St. Helens Institute. Special thanks to the USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory and the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station.

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Johnston Ridge Observatory View

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams

Providing near real-time images
of the volcano since the late 1990s. 

Recent News


Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center has a New Website

This is the view of Mount St. Helens from the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

An interactive, multi-media website is being unveiled by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens Institute in commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the May 18, 1980 eruption ( The website combines photographs and scientist interviews to chronicle the story of 30 years of change and discovery in North America’s most celebrated natural laboratory and classroom.

Help Keep Caves Open

White Nose Syndrom is sweeping the country, killing millions of bats.

White Nose Syndrome is sweeping the country, killing millions of bats. You can help keep caves open. Please decontaminate any gear that has been in another cave. Please also print and share this poster. Learn more by clicking here.


Accessible Adventures Around Mount St. Helens

Shows wheelchair visitor using forest

Learn more about premier accessible recreation sites around one of the most active volcanos in the US.

USFS Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species Related to White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome

US Forest Service Scientists identify key fungal species that may help explain the mysteries of White Nose Syndrome. 


Mount St. Helens in a High-Tech world

Mount St Helens 30 years after the 1980 eruption

Ever wonder how 3-D maps are made? Want to see what NASA is doing at MSH? Want to learn all USGS knows? This page has links to the coolest Mount St. Helens information the Web has to offer.

Volcano Naturalist Program

this is an image of the flyer for the Volcano Naturalist Program

The Volcano Naturalist Program will provide in-depth education about and within the Mount St. Helens landscape. It will also empower participants to share what they learn in their community.

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