Nature & Science

From the massive glaciers descending from its peak to the stunning array of wildflowers in its subalpine meadows, Mount Rainier provides a wide variety of opportunities for experiencing nature. Use the links below to discover the rich landscape of the mountain.

Two Marmots


Discover all of the animals that call Mount Rainier home!

A meadow with colorful wildflowers


Climate and elevation vary greatly in the park, creating a wide range of habitats supporting an extensive number of plant species.

Two tripods with microphones set up on a rocky subalpine slope.


Discover the sounds of Mount Rainier! Different ecosystems, animals, and human uses create a variety of soundscapes within the park.

A small stream passing through a meadow.

Environmental Factors

From air and water quality to climate change, the park closely monitors the environmental factors impacting the mountain.

Carbon Glacier

Natural Features and Ecosystems

Glaciers, volcanoes, and so much more!

Three bright pink and purple Calypso Orchid photos.

Nature Guides

Learn about the plants, animals, geologic features, and more that make up Mount Rainier National Park through these online nature guides.


North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network
Learn more about the environment of Mount Rainier and the Northwest Region. Also, make sure to check out their impressive video series.

Inventory and Monitoring at Mount Rainier
The North Coast and Cascades Network also manages all the inventory and monitoring studies carried out in Mount Rainier National Park, which includes surveys of elk, landbirds, landscape dynamics, glaciers, water quality, mountain lakes, forests, subalpine vegetation, and climate.

Last updated: May 10, 2018

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55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304


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