Mount St. Helens area opening May 10, 2014

April 20, 2014 – Gifford Pinchot National Forest will soon be opening the Mount St. Helens area to the public for the 2014 season.  Johnston Ridge Observatory will open May 10th, 2014 for 7 days a week, from 10am-6pm.  Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is currently open to the public from 10am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday and will be extending their hours to6pm.  Admission to Johnston Ridge and Science and Learning Center is $8 per person, kids 15 and under are free.  Free admission days are May 18th, June 7th, June 14th, and Sept 27th.

An additional opportunity for experiencing Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center is available for participants who sign up for programs with the Mount St Helens Institute at

“It’s always great when visitors can once again come out after winter to marvel at the volcano from just five miles away at JRO,” said Monument Manager Tom Mulder. “All the interpretive information and displays telling the Return to Life story makes it exciting to return every year.”

The public is invited to experience the volcano in a different way by attending several events scheduled for this summer.  “Arts of the Mountain” is a community art event taking place on June 28th and 29th. The Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is a venue for Arts of the Mountain.  For more information go to!/artsofthemountain.

“Music on the Mountain” is a series of music bands playing at Johnston Ridge Observatory amphitheater throughout this summer.  Bands playing are “Science!” on June 28th, Cody Beebe and the Crooks on July 26th, and Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets.on August 30th. Concerts are from 6:30pm-8:30pm and are FREE to the public!  For more information go to!/MusicOnTheMnt

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