Summer Education Programs

Program Dates: Summer programs typically available late June to August. Registration for summer programming opens April 1.

Discovery Detectives
Mount Rainier is home to a hidden world waiting to be uncovered, examined, and understood. Through guided observation and sensory exploration, students will collect clues while they identify and compare shapes, patterns, and sounds of the forest to heighten their awareness of the diversity of the natural world.

  • Subject/Keywords: Senses, Discovery, Observation, Shapes, Patterns, Sounds
  • Ages: 6-9
  • Location: Kautz Creek, Ohanapcosh,Longmire
  • Standards: LS1-1, ESS2-3, PS1-1

Habitats of Mount Rainier: There's No Place Like Home
From the seedlings in the soil to birds on the branches, the forests of Mount Rainier support an abundance of life! Join a ranger and investigate an old growth forest habitat. Students will observe, describe, compare, and categorize both the living and the nonliving components of this special environment.

  • Subject/Keywords: Habitat, Forest, Interdependence, Food Chain, Trees, Animal/Plant Structures, Observations, Investigations, Life Zone, Biodiversity, Abiotic, Biotic
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Location: Longmire, Ohanapecosh
  • Standards: LS4, LS1, PS3-1

Locked in Rocks: Clues from the Past
Geologists from around the world study the rocks, glaciers, and streams around Mount Rainier to gain insight into its volcanic past. Unlock the clues of the explosive history of Mount Rainier while learning about the anatomy of a volcano, the powerful forces behind an eruptions, and the movement and cooling of lava on a stratovolcano.

  • Subject/Keywords: Volcanoes, Rocks, Earth Formation, Eruption, Erosion, Glaciers, Geology
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Location: Longmire
  • Standards: PS2-3, ESS1-1, PS1-3

Glistening Glaciers and Raging Rivers: Watersheds of Mount Rainier
At 14,410 feet Mount Rainier can make its own weather. Its powerful presence affects everything from the glaciers that crown its peak to the rivers that flow into the Puget Sound and on into the Pacific Ocean. Learn about these important watersheds from the summit to the sea and what we can do protect them.

  • Subject/Keywords: Watersheds, Water Cycles, Weather, Climate, Glaciers, Rivers, Climate Change
  • Ages: 9-12
  • Location: Paradise
  • Standards: ESS2

Survival Sleuths: Animal Adaptions
Mount Rainier is a land of extremes from the frozen alpine summit to lush lowland forests. How do animals survive in this rugged environment? Students will learn about successful strategies, as well as the internal and external structures that allow animals to adapt and prosper in this environment.

  • Subject/Keywords: Adaptions, Life Zones, Internal/External Structures, Food Chain, Predator-Prey Relationships, Survival Strategies, Behavior
  • Ages: 9-12
  • Location: Longmire
  • Standards: LS1-1, LS2

Warning - Signs of Hazards Ahead
Mount Rainier, part of the Ring of Fire, is an active volcano and still emits signs of the activity beneath the Earth's crust. Past eruptions have caused substantial change to the landscape below and future activity will have a huge impact on hundreds of thousands of people in the Puget Sound region. Join a ranger to discover signs of past geologic events and disturbances that have occurred on the slopes of Mount Rainier. How can these signs help us prepare for the future?

  • Subject/Keywords: Volcanism, Hazards, Catastrophic Events, Erosion, Eruption, Construction/Destruction, Emergency Management
  • Ages: 9-12
  • Location: Longmire
  • Standards: PS3, ESS2

The Powerful Forces of the Mountain
The story of Mount Rainier is one of fire and ice, varied ecosystems linked by the rivers that flow from the mountain, and the incredible structures of plants and animals that allow them to survive, grow, and reproduce in this dynamic landscape. This program brings to life the geologic processes, glacier-fed watersheds, and unique adaptions necessary for life in the snowy subalpine environment.

  • Subject/Keywords: Volcanism, Watersheds, Glacier, Life Zones, Communities
  • Ages: 10-14
  • Location: Paradise
  • Standards: LS1, ESS1, ESS2, ESS3-2

Last updated: November 14, 2019

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