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Fun is rumbling at Mount St. Helens this spring

This May marks the 38th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.  It also signals the reopening of Johnston Ridge Observatory and spring activities around Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Here are just a few reasons to travel up Spirit Lake Highway to Mount St. Helens in May and June:

  • May 16: Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens for the season.  It is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through October.
  • May 18: Anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the most active volcano in the Cascade Range.
  • May 19: “It’s a Blast” celebration at Johnston Ridge Observatory.  Bring the whole family for fun activities about volcanoes, hands-on geology, and local animal identification.  Enjoy complementary cookies and a hot beverage during the event.
  • June 2: National Trail Day is a fee-free day at Forest Service day-use sites across the country.  Visit free and hike one of the trails that leave from Johnston Ridge Observatory or the Coldwater Lake area.
  • June 9: National Get Outdoors Day is another fee-free day at Forest Service day-use sites.  Get outside and enjoy your public lands.

While Johnston Ridge Observatory introduces hundreds of thousands of visitors to Mount St. Helens, the nearby Science and Learning Center at Coldwater offers one of the best views in the state for event space.  The Science and Learning Center is available for events, meetings, and overnight groups.  To learn more about renting the Science and Learning Center, visit http://www.mshslc.org/facilities-rentals.  The Mount St. Helens Institute also offers hands-on education programs at the Science and Learning Center year round to thousands of young people.