Ranger-led Programs

Early ranger leading campfire program
An early ranger leading a campfire program.

NPS Photo

Since the early days of the National Park Service, rangers have shared their knowledge through the presentation of interpretive programs--guided walks, talks, and campfire programs for visitors of all ages. Today, that long-standing tradition continues.

Please join the Mount Rainier interpretive staff for a variety of free programs, ranging from informal talks at park visitor centers to junior ranger programs for kids to evening campfire programs. Topics vary from day to day, and may include geology, wildlife, ecology, mountaineering, or park history. Most programs are available from late-June until Labor Day. Schedules are posted throughout the park, as well as in the park newspaper. Details and short descriptions of some evening programs are also available in the calender of events.

 
Find the program to fit your visit
Most ranger-led programs are offered in the summer months, typically July-September, in locations throughout the park. However, guided snowshoe walks and other programs are offered in the winter at Paradise.
  • Winter Recreation - Guided snowshoe walks and other activities at Paradise during the winter season.

 

Paradise - WINTER

Winter programs depend on snow conditions and can change unexpectedly due to weather. The Longmire-Paradise road closes nightly during the winter so make sure to check the road status before heading out. Winter ranger programs are generally offered late December-March on weekends and holidays.

Snowplay/Sledding
Sledding and sliding are permitted only in the designated snow play area at Paradise. NOTE: The snowplay/sledding area is CLOSED. The area is typically open late December to early March, depending on snow pack. Learn more about the Paradise snow play area and other Winter Recreation.

Program Dates Times

Guided Snowshoe Walks - First-come, First-served
Join a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier. Meet inside the Jackson Visitor Center near the Information Desk. Sign-ups begin one hour in advance of scheduled time; all snowshoe walk participants must be present at sign-up. 2 hours/1.8 miles. Limit 25 people.

Check back winter 2018-2019
Weekends Only

11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Guided Snowshoe Walks - Organized Groups
Join a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier. Meet inside the Jackson Visitor Center near the Information Desk. 2 hours/1.8 miles. Group size 15-25 people, by reservation only. To make a reservation call (360) 569-6575 between 9:30 am-4:00pm, or visit the Longmire Information Center or Jackson Visitor Center.

Check back winter 2018-2019
Weekends Only

2:00 pm


NOTE:

  • Snowshoes for ranger-led walks are provided by the park. A $5.00 donation from each snowshoe walk participant helps the park provide snowshoe walks, and repair and replace snowshoes.
  • Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, layers of warm cloths, hats, mittens, and suitable boots. You will sink into the snow even with snowshoes on.
  • The park also offers snowshoe walks to school groups by reservation only. Call (360) 569-6592 for school group reservations.
 
 

Paradise - SUMMER

Scheduled summer programs have ended for the season. Summer ranger programs are typically July - September.

Program

Days & Times

Explore Mount Rainier
Explore the various faces of Mount Rainier with a ranger. Meet at the flagpole in front of Jackson Visitor Center. 90 minutes.

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Discover Paradise
Join a ranger to explore and discover the resources of Paradise. See park bulletin boards for meeting place. 3 hours.

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Paradise Junior Ranger Program
Drop in and join a ranger for a host of fun, family activities around Paradise to earn your Junior Ranger patch! Ages 6-11. Length varies.

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One Hundred Years of the Paradise Inn
Join a ranger to discover fascinating stories of Paradise area and the historic Paradise Inn. Meet in the lobby of the Inn. 30 minutes.

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Astronomy Program
Observe the heavens from the slopes of Mount Rainier. Meet in front of the Paradise Visitor Center. Check the astronomy hotline for current information (360) 569-6230. 2 hours.

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Paradise Inn Evening Program
Enjoy an evening with a ranger in the historic lobby of the Paradise Inn. Topics vary. Inquire at either the visitor center or the lobby of the Inn for program descriptions. 45 minutes.

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Special Programs
Check at bulletin boards, visitor centers, or inns for schedule.

 

Longmire/Cougar Rock Campground - SUMMER

Scheduled summer programs have ended for the season. Summer ranger programs are typically July - September.

Program Days & Times

Junior Ranger Program
Join a ranger for fun and educational activities! Ages 6 to 11. Meet at the Cougar Rock Campground Amphitheater. Parking at the campground is limited. If you attend the program but are not camping, please park in the Cougar Rock Picnic Area across the park road from the campground. 30-45 minutes.

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Evening Program
Join a ranger or volunteer for a program that involves, inspires, and explores! Topics vary nightly. Meet at the Cougar Rock Campground Amphitheater. Parking at the campground is limited. If you attend the program but are not camping, please park in the Cougar Rock Picnic Area across the park road from the campground. 45 minutes.

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Sunrise/White River Campground - SUMMER

Scheduled summer programs have ended for the season. Summer ranger programs are typically July - September.

Program

Days & Times

Junior Ranger Station
Join a ranger to explore the many stories of Mount Rainier. Play games, take challenges, do puzzles and more! Stay as long as you would like.

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Discover Sunrise
Dive into the resources of Mount Rainier during this hands-on program. This experience changes daily. Check park bulletin boards for details. Meet at the Sunrise Visitor Center flagpole. 2 hours.

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Evening Program
Take an in-depth look at a special topic of Mount Rainier National Park during a traditional campfire talk. Meet at the campfire circle in the White River Campground. 45 minutes.

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Check bulletin boards for additional Junior Ranger programs, special programs, and schedule updates.

 

Ohanapecosh - SUMMER

Scheduled summer programs have ended for the season. Summer ranger programs are typically July - September.

Program

Days and Times

Junior Ranger Program
Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to join a ranger to explore, learn about, and help protect Mount Rainier. Meet at the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. Parents, please stay with your Junior Rangers. 45 minutes.

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Evening Program
Join a ranger or volunteer for a program that involves, inspires, and explores! Topics vary nightly. Meet at the Ohanapecosh Campground Amphitheater. 45 minutes.

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Junior Scientists
Join a ranger to work as a scientist studying the forests and rivers of Ohanapecosh. This program is best for children nine and older. Meet at the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. 90 minutes.

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Discover the Grove of the Patriarchs
Dive into the resources of Mount Rainier during this hands-on program. This experience changes daily. Check park bulletin boards for details. Meet at the Grove of the Patriarchs parking lot. 1-2 hours.

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Check Bulletin boards for additional Junior Ranger programs, special programs, and schedule updates.

Last updated: October 3, 2018

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55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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