Educational Programs at Ape Cave This Spring

Release Date: May 3, 2011

Contact(s): Cory Wall

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is excited to expand educational offerings at Ape Cave this year. Beginning on May 16, 2011, an environmental educator will be available to help a limited number of schools with their visits to Ape Cave and Trail of Two Forests.

Ranger Cory Wall said, “This is a pilot program for us, an experiment to explore the interest and need for a unique educational experience.” Teachers who would like to learn more about these services should contact Cory Wall at or 360-449-7838.

Teachers and students planning on visiting Ape Cave, whether requesting Ranger assistance or not, are asked to register their group on the Teacher’s Corner page on the Mount St. Helens website at Here Teachers can find lesson plans for activities at different sites on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

All visitors to Ape Cave should be aware of on-going work on the parking area as well as other construction activities slated for this spring.

“We have heard from teachers in the past that an educational program would be of value to them and their students,” said Wall. “We believe that a focused outdoor opportunity will provide a positive experience for the kids, and that will lead them to encourage their families to visit during the summer.”!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPyBcqYKAfjlVBmA9cQRQx-g1wAEci9eNREIXf-HD9KKxWIPuAkBkFuaGhEQaZjgCVqf1Y/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?position=News&pname=Mount%20St.%20Helens%20National%20Volcanic%20Monument-%20News%20&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=110623&pnavid=null&navid=180000000000000&ttype=detail&cid=STELPRDB5297288