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

    Mount Rainier

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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 »

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Postcards to a Friend

Several Mount Rainier Teacher-Rangers writing postcards.
Several Mount Rainier Teacher-Rangers writing postcards during the 2010 Sister Mountain Workshop.
NPS Photo
 
Overview: Students document a field trip or virtual climb of Mount Rainier and Mount Fuji by writing a postcard to a friend describing what they have seen and experienced.
Grade Level:
6 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to gather information, organize thoughts and ideas, and present their work to others.
Lesson Plan:
Postcards to a Friend - word, 49KB
Postcards to a Friend - pdf, 483KB
Resources: Postcards to a Friend Sample Rubric
Postcards to a Friend Suggested Books
Postcards to a Friend Suggested Websites
Postcards to a Friend Postcard Template

Did You Know?

Winter snow buries the lower floors of the Paradise Inn.

At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.