Reporters: Join GeoGirls and scientists at Mount St. Helens as they collect data and learn more about this active volcano

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Twenty-five middle school girls from Washington and Oregon are participating in the fifth annual GeoGirls outdoor volcano science program at Mount St. Helens, jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

Girls look at water in bottles

GeoGirls analyze volcanic sediment at the Coldwater Lake outlet.

(Credit: Liz Westby, USGS. Public domain.)

During August 4–8, the GeoGirls will spend five days conducting hands-on research at Mount St. Helens, interacting with female scientists, educators and older students, learning about volcanoes, natural hazards and modern scientific monitoring technologies. They will camp, hike to field sites, work on research projects with scientists and learn how to document and share their scientific findings by building a public webpage.

On August 7, reporters are invited to participate in the program by talking to GeoGirls and scientists as they map landslides near Coldwater Lake, investigate the groundwater system near the Hummocks Trail, model the transport of volcanic sediments down the Toutle River, or examine thin slices of rocks under a petrographic microscope at the Coldwater Science and Learning Center.


Members of the news media are invited to observe research activities with GeoGirls program participants and conduct interviews with students and program leaders.


USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory and Mount St. Helens Institute scientists and staff, plus scientist-leaders from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Oregon State University, GHD Services, Inc., and Geotechnical Resources, Inc.;

Teachers from Covington, Ford, Rowe and Wapato Middle Schools;

GeoGirls participants from Amboy, Arlington, Bothell, Mount Vernon, Pullman, Ridgefield, Roy, Seattle, Tukwila, Tumwater, Vancouver, Winlock, Woodinville and  Yakima in Washington and Aloha, Ashland, Bandon, Beaverton, Clackamas and Lebanon in Oregon.


Wednesday, August 7, by appointment between 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PDT


Coldwater Science and Learning Center

19000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Milepost 43.3, State Route 504 Toutle, Washington.


No later than Friday, August 2, noon PDT with your expected arrival time and to receive schedule updates. See contacts above.

The GeoGirls program is offered through the Mount St. Helens Institute and is free to student participants through the generosity of numerous volunteers and private donors, along with grant funding from the American Association of University Women-Lewis County, EMPOWER Women + Girls Clark County, the Frank L and Arlene G Price Foundation, and many private donors.

The goal of the GeoGirls program is for GeoGirls participants to emerge with a stronger understanding and connection to Earth systems and feel confident in choosing careers in science, technology, engineering, math or other STEM-related fields.

More information is available online.

GeoGirls Staff and Volunteer information is also available online.

Girls stand in pond

GeoGirls take core samples at a pond near the Hummocks Trail to study groundwater transport.

(Credit: Liz Westby, USGS. Public domain.)