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. Clock hours are provided for most programs. Pre-service teachers and non-formal educators are encouraged to join.

Do you have topic ideas for teacher professional development? Mount Rainier Institute and its partners aim to be responsive to the needs of the education community.
Contact us to share your thoughts.

Registering Now

We are now registering groups for Spring 24 and the 24-25 school year. For more information or date availability please contact:


John Hayes

Mount Rainier Institute Director


Phone:  (253) 692-4161

Planned for the 2023-2024 School year (dates & course descriptions TBD)

  • Snow Science & Climate Change- Dates TBD

    Please check back later for details

  • Mountain Time-End of the year Teacher Retreat- Dates TBD

    Please check back later for details

  • Climate Change in Mount Rainier National Park-Dates TBD

    Please check back later for details

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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.