Education Partners

The Mount Rainier Education Program proudly partners with the following organizations:

Columbia Crest School
This K-6 school is located in the gateway community of Ashford. The park provides curriculum enrichment and special event programming for our partner school.

US Geological Survey (USGS) Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)
This is where the scientists who study and monitor Mount Rainier, the volcano, work. Their web page is full of great information and additional resources. They assist the park with staff training, public education programs, and development of geology-related curriculum. We are currently working with them on development of a middle school curriculum that focuses on volcanic processes, products, and hazards.

Nisqually River Education Project (NREP)
The NREP is part of the Nisqually River Council that focuses on the science, issues and educational opportunities related to the Nisqually River. The NREP has partnered with the park and other agencies in the Nisqually River Watershed to develop a series of curriculum guides. The first in the series, Where the River Begins focuses on the glaciers and headwaters, the uppermost part of the river, located in the park.

SnowSchool Program & Winter Wildlands Alliance
Through a partnership with Winter Wild land Alliance’s SnowSchool Program, the park receives snowshoes at a discounted price. These snowshoes provide opportunities for students to explore and learn about winter ecology on the mountain.

We are excited to be part of a regional education consortium, the Best of the Northwest, that offers new multi-day collaborative educational programming allowing you can maximize your students' learning while visiting our area. You can book three-day, four-day, or five-day educational experiences with your students focusing on the themes of: 1) forestry, 2) regional human history and use of the environment, 3) wildlife and habitats, or 4) a regional overview based on the unique resources each site has to offer. This program is targeted at upper elementary level students. Check back regularly for more information. Each of these sites also offers their own independent programming.

Camp Arnold
Cispus Learning CenterEnvironmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW)
NorthWest Trek
Pioneer Farm Museum & Ohop Indian Village
Tacoma Power
Tahoma Audubon's Morse Wildlife Preserve (contact Thelma Gilmur at 253-564-8210)
University of Washington's Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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