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Winter's here! Snow is blasting the mountain and surrounding areas, the road to JRO is closed, and our good friend and acclaimed author, Craig Romano is back with another installment of Romano's Ramblings. Read on to learn more!

As always, we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring the volcano to people around the world while improving equity in accessing science, the outdoors and public lands.


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Help provide access to one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for kids and folks of all ages by making a contribution before the end of the year!


Join a Photography Winter Hike and Learn to Take Amazing Photos


A fresh blanket of snow, snowshoes, and photographing winter landscapes: what could be better? Join us to explore and create stunning photographs of winter scenes. The 5-mile round-trip snowshoe hike winds through mixed conifer forest to our lunch spot on the Lake's icy shore. Along the way, we will practice techniques to beautifully photograph the snow-covered forest, ice-rimmed lake, and 74-foot-tall waterfall.


School is in Session and Live Virtual Field Trips are Happening Nationwide


Live virtual field trips are underway at Mount St. Helens. These science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses take youth on an exciting and educational trip to our favorite volcano. These courses offer many options to suit the specific needs of your class. Busy teachers can run the course as is, but those looking to customize the experience can do so. These courses scale from a classroom environment to small teams, to individuals. How will your students explore Mount St. Helens this year? The choice is yours.


Romano's Ramblings: Sasquatch Loop


Looking for a good network of ski and snowshoe trails near Mount St Helens that are easy to get to, situated safely away from avalanche zones, and offer varied and family-friendly terrain? Then head for the Pine Marten and Sasquatch Trails located on the southern flank of St Helens. The trails are accessed from the popular and large Marble Mountain Sno-Park. 



MSHI Welcomes Cathy Dow, Finance and Administration Director


Cathy joined the Mount St. Helens Institute in 2021 as our Finance and Administration Director. Cathy’s a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional, who brings over 20 years of bookkeeping experience, with both nonprofits and small businesses to the Institute. 


The Road to Johnston Ridge Observatory is Closed for Winter


The road leading up to Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for winter, but access to Coldwater Lake and the Hummocks Trail remains. Check weather conditions before recreating outside and make sure you have a plan B in case you encounter adverse conditions.


Thanks for reading. Please contact Jared if you have any questions or comments about this issue of Rumblings.

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