Remember the Mount St. Helens eruption that shook the world 40 years ago. Get up close and see the shifting landscape of a volcano that erupted forever altering its corner of southwest Washington. Mount St. Helens is one of the most popular tourist destinations in our state, and Lewis County serves as the gateway to the mountain's east and south sides.
Take the route through Randle to Windy Ridge for the rugged view that's perfect for hikers, mountain bikers and the adventurous. Witness the sudden change in your surroundings as the green of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest becomes a seemingly deserted landscape, marking the entry into the blast zone. Put on your hiking shoes and explore the surrounding trails, and see life regenerate through plants and animals that now call the mountain's shadow home.
Go through Toledo for the grand day tour that's perfect for the entire family! Experience the volcano from Johnston Ridge, home to a major visitor's center and a perfect spot from which to see the massive crater created in the 1980 eruption. Hear forest rangers talk about the history of the area and see the surrounding landscape up close, and hike some of the surrounding trails that tell the story of life's regeneration.
Once the snow melts take the route through Randle to Windy Ridge for the rugged view that's perfect for hikers, mountain bikers and the adventurous. Witness the sudden change in your surroundings as the green of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest becomes a seemingly deserted landscape, marking the entry into the blast zone. Put on your hiking shoes and explore the surrounding trails, and see life regenerate through plants and animals that now call the mountain's shadow home.
The trip to Mount St. Helens is an awe-inspiring one, and is a must-do for the entire family.
Experience Mount St. Helens 40th Anniversary from home.
MSHInside Bingo brings the joy of Mount St. Helens and the surrounding wilderness to your home. Compete with your friends and family on this interactive bingo card. Form a complete line to score a bingo. Feeling ambitious? Go for every square, and don't forget to practice social distancing.Click here
Creative Landscape is a month of weekly challenges to stretch your art form under creative confinements, engage with and inspire the wonder of Mount St. Helens through visual art, poetry, and prose.Click here
We're volcano experts. Ask us anything on Reddit!
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens, scientists and volcano experts, primarily based in the Pacific Northwest, will be taking your questions using the online platform Reddit. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, May 12. Speakers come from the Cascades Volcano Observatory (USGS) in Vancouver, Wash. and Washington Emergency Management Division at Camp Murray, Wash. Some of our speakers include Wes Thelen, an expert on earthquakes and Kilauea; Mike Poland, Scientist-in-Charge at Yellowstone and an expert on Kilauea and Krakatoa; volcanologist Alexa Van Eaton; and Brian Terbush, the volcano program coordinator for Washington state Emergency Management Division. The thread will be posted here https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/ On the day of the event, you can find the specific link on our Twitter account here https://twitter.com/waEMD or on our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/650498388848915/Click here
Volcano Preparedness Facebook Live
At 11:30 a.m., May 18, Brian Terbush, volcano program preparedness coordinator for the Washington Emergency Management, answers your questions about Mt. St. Helens and our state’s five active volcanoes using Facebook Live. Feel free to post your questions at our event link https://www.facebook.com/events/559197248361867/ or join us live and ask questions as you listen. Watch our Facebook account for the live link. https://www.facebook.com/washemdClick here
OMSI Virtual Science Pub: Mount St. Helens rocked our world!
Forty years ago, Mount St. Helens experienced a cataclysmic eruption. On May 18, 1980, the northern side of the volcano collapsed, triggering a forceful blast that raced across the landscape, an explosive eruption column that rose vertically in the air, pyroclastic flows that swept down the mountain, and a series of large mudflows that raced down river valleys toward the Columbia River. What did this eruption teach us about volcanic processes and management of volcanic crises? And most importantly, where do we go from here?Click here
Talk with a Ranger q&a
Join us live May 18th at 2pm on facebook as a Ranger will give a short talk about May 18th and its legacy followed by a Q&A session. Get those questions ready!Click here
Mount St. Helens and the Cascade Range Volcanoso
This program features four northwest scientists who will present a review of Cascadia Region tectonics, volcanoes, volcanic hazards, and a summary of how the science and monitoring has evolved over the last 40 years. It will also include first person accounts of the buildup to the May 18, 1980 eruption as experienced by University of Washington seismologist Steve Malone.Click here
Mount St. Helens: A Landscape Across Time
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption, come together with the Portland Art Museum and Mount St. Helens Institute for a series of reflections on the art, culture, and science of the mountain’s ever-changing landscapes. Using the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art as an entry point, Dawson Carr, The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art, and self-described volcano nerd, will introduce the show and then welcome a range of special guests who consider specific works in the exhibition in relation to their own connections to the mountain.Click here
Each week on Tuesday at 11:00 AM PDT, we will post videos and different activities and challenges for you to learn about the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest. Activities are best suited for youth grades K-5, but learners of all levels are welcome!Click here
Volcano Views & Brews
Our popular lecture series is moving online to celebrate the 40th Eruptivesary of Mount St. Helens. Tune in each Monday at 6 PM PDT to hear about the impact Mount St. Helen's has had on culture, science, and history.Click here
USGS Volcanoes social media takes a look-back at what was happening at the volcano 40-years-ago-today
USGS Volcanoes social media (Facebook and Twitter) are posting daily about what was happening at Mount St. Helens 40 years ago. See time lapse videos, photos and newspaper accounts of what scientists knew about the volcano and how the community was reacting. On May 18, 21 posts will keep you updated about what was unfolding during the May 18, 1980 eruption. Aftermath posts continue daily through May 31. #msh40Click here
Learn From Home
The USGS Youth & Education in Science's (YES) Learning From Home web page will be focusing on the 40th anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens eruption during the week of May 18th, 2020. www.usgs.gov/learnfromhomeClick here
Virtual Exhibit - 40 Years Later: The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the USGS Response
This virtual exhibit commemorates the instrumental role USGS had in monitoring and responding to the eruption, the Bureau's ongoing volcanic research, historical documentation, and information on USGS events marking this geological phenomenon.Click here
Smithsonian Mount St. Helens 40th Anniversary Page
Mount St. Helens 40th Anniversary page: https://volcano.si.edu/projects/sthelens40/ Smithsonian events, resources, interviews, and other content prepared for the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption.Click here
USGS Library presents "40 Years Later: The Eruption of Mt St Helens and the USGS Response"
The USGS Library has put together a virtual exhibit highlighting "40 Years Later: The Eruption of Mt St Helens and the USGS Response". The online guide will include an extensive photo display, before and after map collections, USGS publications and authors, and interview transcripts of USGS scientists who were part of the agency response.Click here