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September means mushrooms, fall, and cooling conditions. Make sure you pack base layers along with water and sunscreen if you're heading out in the  Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Mushroom foraging trips are just around the corner, there's still time to climb Mount St. Helens with us, and Craig Ramono is back in Rumblings with his Ramblings.

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.


Summit Mount St. Helens with MSHI



Climbers, guides, and volunteers all share similar sentiments: pictures just don't do it justice, you've got to climb Mount St. Helens to truly appreciate the wonder and awe of seeing the crater from on high. Our knowledgeable and professional mountain guides will take you to the rim, and you can bask in the majesty of this brilliant landscape. 


We're Hiring a Development Director



The Development Director (DD) creates and implements strategies to build authentic relationships with and solicit support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. This includes establishing systems and creative strategies for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, tracking, acknowledgment, recognition, events, and donor stewardship. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and in partnership with MSHI’s leadership team and Board of Directors, the DD assumes an essential role in helping to develop the strategic direction and overall management of the organization while exercising a significant degree of independent decision-making within the development realm. Importantly, the DD will help lead and evolve with MSHI during a period of significant growth, while promoting a positive and progressive work environment in alignment with the Institute’s mission, values, strategic plan, and policies.


Fall is for Fungi Foraging



Come explore the magical kingdom of fungi! Learn how to identify common characteristics of wild edible and inedible mushrooms. Then learn how to harvest many different types of edible mushrooms and cook them into delicious dishes. Plan to get your shoes and hands dirty as you discover the forest's most striking and sometimes delectable offerings.


GeoGirls at Mount St. Helens
By Zoe Buhrmaster, Columbian staff writer


Exploration begins on the camp’s first day with a trip into the dark caverns of Ape Cave and through the Trail of Two Forests before heading up to the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, where the camp meets. The girls divvy into groups of five, each with one high school mentor. Twenty-two adults oversee the program, including local middle school teachers, two industry partners, two university students and representatives from USGS and the Mount St. Helens Institute.


Backcountry Rise
By Craig Romano


I have long been drawn to the Mount Margaret Backcountry and first hiked it in 1989 when it was a stark landscape. I started trail running about 15 years ago and got hooked on ultra-running (distances beyond the marathon). A recent diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica (an auto-immune condition) and turning 60 led me to ramp up my running and seek new challenges. Upon
hearing about the Backcountry Rise 50K (31.2 miles) race with its more than 7,300 feet of elevation change in this breathtaking environment had me hooked.


Give More 24! is September 22nd!


Give More 24! is our region's 24-hour online giving challenge. This event is organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and is set to launch at 12 am on September 22.  We need you to rally your friends and family for Mount St. Helens Institute and help us raise money to send kids to outdoor school and more!


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

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