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 such as mandatory mask wearing will apply

 

Planned for the 2021-2022 (dates & course descriptions TBD)

For Families

We are now registering groups for 2021-2022. For more information or date availability please contact:

 

John Hayes

Mount Rainier Institute Director

Email: jhayes90@uw.edu

Phone:  (253) 692-4161

Registering Now

  • Old Growth Forest Explorations- Dates TBD

    When: Specific dates to be determine. Check back later.

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Content is aimed at 10 years old and up, but all are welcome.

    Cost: TBD


    What makes an "old growth forest" and old growth forest. While hiking and experiencing Pack Forest’s Old Growth Forest, families will engage in hands-on investigations focusing on the components that characterize the old growth habitat.

  • Pika Places at Mount Rainier- Dates TBD

    When: September to mid-October specific dates TBD

    Location: Mount Rainier National Park

    Duration:  9-3:30 pm

    Ages: The program involves hiking uphill at elevation. This program is for ages 12 and older

    Cost: TBD

    **Because of the location, classes must be 20 or less.

     

    What's a Pika anyway? Explore how this amazing rabbit like creature is adapting to climate change in Mount Rainier National Park. Students do citizen science and learn about the importance of national parks.

  • Spider Science! - October

    When: October

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Content is aimed at 10 years old and up, but all are welcome.

    Cost: TBD

     

    Come learn about spiders

  • Night Hike! - Dates TBD

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Content is aimed at 10 years old and up, but all are welcome.

    Cost: TBD

     

    This is an introduction to bats in Western Washington forests.

  • Mushroom Mania - Dates TBD

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Content is aimed at 12 years old and up, but all are welcome.

    Cost: TBD


    This beginner class covers the basics of mushroom hunting, identification, common mushrooms of the PNW, mushroom toxins and toxic mushrooms, and mushrooms as a hobby. The class will includes a walk in the woods of Pack Forest to find and identify mushrooms.

  • Wreaths & Trees-November/Early December

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Content is aimed at 10years old and up, but all are welcome.

    Cost: TBD

     

    This is an introduction to forces that shaped Mount Rainier. Learn about the climate change and forestry. Students will explore the role of carbon in a Western Washington forest.  While taking a closer look at different age forests students will be engaged in a number of activities that demonstrate how carbon moves through our forest system and where it is sequestered.

  • Big Leaf Maple Syrup-Late January/Early February

    Location: Pack Forest

    Duration:  4 hours

    Ages: Content is aimed at 10years old and up, but all are welcome.

    Cost: TBD

     

    Come take a tour of our very own Bigleaf Maple syrup production site.   While learning about the process of creating Bigleaf Maple syrup, students will engage in activities focusing on the life cycle, structure, and nutrients that trees need to survive and to produce the sap for syrup making.

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.