In-Park Education Programs

Mount Rainier educational programs are offered in the southwest corner of the park, from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise (map of the park). Standard program topics and program formats are listed below. Although programs can be tailored to your educational objectives, please select only one topic per program. When selecting an educational program, be aware that program times vary with the format, location, and topic.

Programs must be scheduled at least one month in advance. Please inform us if any of your students have special needs. We provide a safe and positive experience for all students and will do what we can to accommodate students with special needs.

Program formats include guided walks and hikes, talks, and demonstrations. Guided snowshoe walks are also available between January and April, depending on snowpack. Please allow a minimum of 2 hours per class for each snowshoe walk.

Program Topics

National Park Service
Mission and Overview of the National Park System, NPS History, NPS Careers

Winter Ecology
Plant and animal adaptations

Mount Rainier as a Cascade Volcano, Glaciers

Early exploration, settlement and protection of the park,Longmire National Historic Landmark District and early National Park planning and Park rustic style architecture

Life Zones Ecology
Focus on a single zone or an overview of several zones including Old Growth, Forests/Lowland Forests, Upper Forests, Subalpine, Alpine

Leave No Trace
Minimum-impact skills

If your class is studying a topic that is not listed above, contact the Education Specialist, Anne Doherty, at (360)569-6038. The education staff may be able to accommodate a special program request.

Last updated: January 12, 2018

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