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Mount Rainier Institute has the unique advantage of being able to use two separate locations for programming.  Mount Rainier Institute is physically located within the University of  Washington's Pack Forest in Eatonville, Washington.  It is here that the students reside in our historical cabins, share meals as a community, and engage in student centered field studies.


Mount Rainier Institute is also a proud partner of Mount Rainier National Park and feel our students benefit greatly from a day immersed in the National Park. It is here students discover the impact Mount Rainier has on their daily lives by investigating topics such as geology, weather, life zones, snow science, and the history of Mount Rainier National Park.


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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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