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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Plan A Field Trip

Mount Rainier educational programs are offered at the Park Education Center and in the southwest corner of the park, from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise (map of the park PDF, 738KB). Standard program topics and program formats are listed below.

Schedule a Program
Programs must be scheduled at least one month in advance. In most cases we can accommodate groups sizes up to 60 (including students and chaperones). Minimum group size is 15 participants. Please inform us if any of your students have special needs. We strive to provide a safe and positive experience for all students and will do what we can to accommodate students with special needs.

Mount Rainier National Park is offering four programs for school groups seeking experience inside the park. Please allow a minimum of 2 hours per class for each program and also note that program locations may change based on weather.

Over Time or in a Blink of the Eye: Changes at Mount Rainier
Recommended: Upper Elementary and Middle School
Whether over 500,000 years or a single day, Mount Rainier is constantly changing, making it necessary for plants, animals, and people to adapt to conditions in order to survive. Join a ranger on snowshoes to learn about the changes that take place at Mount Rainier: from the changes to the landscape of an active volcano to animal adaptions to changing seasons. (Snowshoe program at Paradise only).

Glistening Glaciers and Raging Rivers: Watersheds of Mount Rainier
Recommended: Upper Elementary and Middle School
Mount Rainier's powerful presence affects everything from the glaciers that crown its peak to the rivers that flow into the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean. Learn about watersheds from the summit to the sea and what we can do to protect them! (Snowshoe program at Paradise only).

This Dynamic Volcano
Recommended: Middle School and High School
Whether over 500,000 years or a single day, Mount Rainier is constantly changing, from weather patters of bright sunny days and blistering snow storms to lava building up the mountain and glaciers grinding down the mountain. Join a ranger on snowshoes to learn about the dynamic changes that take place at Mount Rainer! (Snowshoe program at Paradise only).

Nurturing Nature: The Forest Habitat at Mount Rainier
Recommended: Upper Elementary and Middle School
From seeds in the soil to birds on branches, the forest supports a lot of life! Join a ranger for a stroll through old growth forest to investigate how this habitat meets the needs of plants and animals at Mount Rainier National Park! (Longmire program only offered May and June).

To schedule a program, contact an Education Specialist at 360-569-6592.

Did You Know?

Tahoma Creek suspension bridge

The 93 mile Wonderland Trail encircles the mountain offering hikers commanding views of Mount Rainier blanketed by 25 icy glaciers. The trail leads through extensive subalpine meadows of wildflowers and lowland old growth forest. The Tahoma Creek suspension bridge is part of the Wonderland Trail.