For Schools

Learning outdoors is far more than just learning about nature. A recent Stanford analysis of the impact shows that outdoor education programs help students:


  • Gain knowledge
  • Develop social and emotional skills
  • Become better environmental stewards
  • Become more enthusiastic about school and learning in general
  • Develop academic skills
  • Engage with their community and become more civic minded

Learn more about FieldSCOPES Day-long adventures here

Learn more about Overnight Outdoor School adventures here

We are now registering groups for the 2024-25 school year. For more information or date availability please contact:


John Hayes

Mount Rainier Institute Director


Phone:  (253) 692-4161

Registering Now

For Homeschools

Mount Rainier Institute has worked with many home school students. This year, we have designated several homeschool days in our calendar.


Learn more about FieldSCOPES For Homeschools here

For Families & Adults

From hiking and learning about old growth forests at Pack Forest, to wildflower walks at Mount Rainier Nationals Park, Mount Rainier Institute provides a variety of fun, affordable and educational activities for you and your family.


Learn more about Adult and Family adventures and public programs here

For Teachers & Educators

Mount Rainier Institute work with a variety of National Park educators, Education Service Districts, scientists, naturalists, artists, and others to provide teacher professional development opportunities designed to support your continuing education interests. Pre-service teachers and non-formal educators are encourage to join.


Learn more about Teacher & Educator programs here

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The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.  Mount Rainier Institute is honored and grateful to provide programs that take place in the ancestral homelands of the Nisqually, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Yakima, and Cowlitz.


Mount Rainier Institute provides outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders.

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