• 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-June, 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 »

Service Learning Opportunities

There are opportunities for students to learn from and work with park staff as part of a service learning project. These projects are a great way for students to acquire skills, practice stewardship, and learn first-hand about park resources and the importance of protecting and restoring them, and meet their community service graduation requirements.

Previous service learning projects include working with the park's revegetation and invasive plant eradication crews to replant damaged areas or removing invasive plants, working with the park's trail crew to construct, repair or maintain trails (one class from Seattle helped finish the last mile of the Wonderland Trail), and litter collection to protect wildlife. Smaller groups can participate in resource inventory and monitoring projects, translating scientific research for the general public, and web- or technology-based projects.

Project availability is determined by park needs and staff availability. Free camping is available for groups participating in a service learning project. When planning a project, consider your students' age(s) and their physical abilities. While rewarding, service learning projects often involve physical labor. Call the Education Office at (360)569-6038 to explore the options.

Did You Know?

The toe of Carbon Glacier appears dirty as it is covered in silt. Mount Rainier is in the background.

Carbon Glacier, on the north side of Mount Rainier, comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states at 3500 feet. It is also Mount Rainier's thickest glacier, one section being nearly 700 feet thick.