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.


All program dates are subject to change or cancellation based on public health concerns related to COVID-19. Other COVID-19 prevention measures may apply.

For Families

We are now registering groups for Spring 2022 and the 2022-23 school year. For more information or date availability please contact:


John Hayes

Mount Rainier Institute Director


Phone:  (253) 692-4161

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For Adults

  • Gateway to Botany

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Adult

    Cost: TBD

    Have you ever been on a walk and thought, “I really wish I knew what that plant was?” Look no further than this class, Gateway to Botany.  We will learn the defining characteristics of plant families and then set out for exploration on the trails at a botanist pace.  It is here we will learn to identify many different native plant species.  We will also take plenty of time to answer questions.

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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.