Parks as Classrooms
Mount Rainier National Park provides materials for three curricula. The "Sister Mountain Curriculum Project" explores the relationship between Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier; "Where the River Begins" traces the pathway of the Nisqually River; and "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" is a partnership project with the US Geologic Survey Cascade Volcano Observatory.
A variety of educational programs are available. Program formats include guided walks and hikes, talks, inquiry-based experiments, and demonstrations. Guided snowshoe walks are also available between January and April.
During the school year, park rangers may be available to visit your classroom as guest speakers.
Mount Rainier Institute provides overnight educational adventures students will remember for a lifetime. Programs engage students in grades 4-12 in hands-on science and dynamic interdisciplinary activities. Student-centered field investigations focusing on forest ecology, earth science, and watersheds allows students to practice their science skills while exploring beautiful places.