• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

  • Melting snow bridges and high streamflows create hazards for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers

    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

Parks as Classrooms

Curriculum Materials

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.

Field Trips

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.

Guest Speakers

During the school year, park rangers may be available to visit your classroom as guest speakers.

Institutes & Field Schools

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.