Learning Center

National forests are the ultimate outdoor classroom, with natural processes and human activities interacting in all sorts of interesting ways. 

Planning a field trip to Mount St. Helens?  Visit our Teacher's Corner to get started.

A small motor boat in Sprit lake with a man standing in a lifejacket.

Nature & Science

Learn more about Mt. St Helens 1980 eruption and what's happening today. Find scientific research and forest management information

Peeled cedar trees in the upper Lewis River drainage

History & Culture

For more than 6,000 years, people have played a part in the ecology of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Cougar in tree

Safety & Ethics

Learn key tips on how to plan ahead and prepare for your outdoor experience. Be prepared and know your limits

Mount St. Helens from 504

Parents & Teachers 

Find resources and programs to plan field trips and other environmental science and outdoor education opportunities.