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 »
NPS, Steve Redman
National Parks- America's best idea...
Management of Mount Rainier has always involved the participation of volunteers and respectful park visitors. The National Park System was created in 1916 with a mission, ...to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the benefit and enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations... This mission is a good idea, but a reminder that fulfilling this mission is not always easy.
Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They should be encouraged to explore the world around them without causing any damage due to the choices they make in their daily lives. The role of the National Park Ranger and the teacher is to help students understand that they are stewards of the environment, and that they have a duty and obligation to make wise decisions when exploring the park.
In these activities students will develop a "Personal Code of Environmental Ethics" for exploring and enjoying the natural world and reducing their ecological footprint. Students will be encouraged to plan and carry out a service learning project that focuses on making positive environmental changes in their school and community. Finally students will explore the effects climate change is having on Mount Rainier's biotic and abiotic components and working on ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
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Did You Know?
In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...