The Science & Learning Center (SLC) is a collaborative effort between the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Forest Service at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Together, our goal is to connect people with nature through science, the arts, and adventure recreation. Our facilities and programs are designed to extend the quality and duration of educational experiences both onsite at the volcano and through engaging online experiences.
WINTER DRIVING: During the winter season driver’s on State Route 504 should be alert for the possibility of snow and icy conditions. Be prepared by using a vehicle equipped with traction devices or tire chains and carrying extra food, water, and warm clothing. For the latest information on road closures and travel alerts visit the Washington State Department of Transportation website.
GAS AND FOOD: From I-5 South, Drew’s Grocery and Service in Toutle is the last stop on SR 504 for gas and food before the Science and Learning Center. From I-5 North, Texaco in Toledo is the last stop on SR 505 for gas and food before the Science and Learning Center.
WEATHER: Typically, the most accurate weather predictions for the SLC are found on the National Weather Service website.
SLC VISITOR CENTER WINTER HOURS: The Science and Learning Center is open during the winter (while Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed), November through mid-April.
HOURS: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm.
COST: Visiting the Science and Learning Center during its winter open hours is FREE. Donations are greatly appreciated.