The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center opened its doors to the public a few years after the monumental eruption of Mount St. Helens. Functioning as a gateway to the mountain, over 30 miles away, our goal is to educate visitors on the historical significance of the landscape before and during the eruption. We also focus on the resulting impact on nearby ecosystems. Our vantage point offers a view of the Western slope of the mountain, visible from both our center and walking trail.This unique building features expansive windows providing a glimpse of towering second-growth forest all around. A high archway and elaborately carved wooden columns contribute to the feeling of magnificence. Inside, visitors can enjoy a variety of interpretive displays that include comprehensive information on local history, geology, and re-growth and recovery of the land in the years immediately after the eruption.
Outdoors, visitors can explore Silver Lake along the 0.6 mile-long trail, including boardwalks over the wetland where a variety of aquatic plants and migratory waterfowl can be viewed at different times of the year.
HoursMarch 1 - May 15, open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is no admission charge for educational groups kindergarten through university, if pre-registered, and if completing an assignment during their visit related to the science and history of the area.
To register a school group for a visit, teachers need to complete and email the group registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org..Upon approval, a confirmation email will be sent. Teachers may schedule park ranger guided programs and talks at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center or in the classroom. For more information, call (360) 274-0962.
For sample curriculum, ideas and activities in preparation for your visit refer to the links below: