Scheduled Saturday, May 11th events:
Science and Learning Center at Coldwater
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Tour the Science and Learning Center and learn about the facilities and programs available to help support visiting education groups.
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Join Monument Scientist, Peter Frenzen in the Science and Learning Center theater for a special presentation on ‘33 Years of Landscape Change and the Return of Life’.
11:30 a.m. to Noon – Brown bag lunch (B.Y.O.) with the Monument Scientist.
12:30 a.m. – Join Monument Scientist, Peter Frenzen for a two-hour guided geology/ecology hike on the Hummocks Trail (2.3 miles). Meet at the Hummocks Trail parking lot (located just south of Coldwater Lake on State Route 504). Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for changing spring weather conditions.
‘It’s a Blast’ Event at Johnston Ridge Observatory
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – May 11, the Mount St. Helens Institute will be operating the Observatory for their It’s a Blast fund raiser event. MSHI is the principal non-profit partner of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and admission fees collected will help support education and volunteer programs throughout the year. It’s a Blast admission is free for teachers, youth 15 and under, and federal recreation pass holders (Annual NW Forest Pass, Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Pass, Military Pass and Access Pass). Johnston Ridge Observatory will open for the season Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Directions to the Science and Learning Center: From Interstate 5, take exit 49 (Castle Rock, State Route 504 East) and travel 43 miles east. When you see the turn-off for Johnston Ridge (don’t turn right) continue east (straight ahead) and into the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center parking lot.
“This spectacular and unique landscape really matters to communities providing visitors and local residents opportunities to engage, learn and explore one of nature’s most interesting wonders,” said Acting Forest Community Engagement Staff Officer, Glen Sachet. “The new Science and Learning Center, along with your one-of-a-kind National Volcanic Monument provide a place to celebrate and share all we have learned in the last 33 years.”