Cascades Volcano Observatory

Teaching Resources

USGS geologist Angie Diefenbach discusses photogrammetry techniques...

USGS geologist Angie Diefenbach uses a digital camera and computer software to understand the growth rate of lava domes during a volcanic eruption.(Credit: Lyons, Richard. Public domain.)

Videos, Image Galleries, Webcams, Web Shorts and Other Multimedia

In the Multimedia section, find interviews with volcano scientists (Web Shorts), including Discovery Questions for the classroom; volcano monitoring animationsMount St. Helens' videos and animations, which are useful for teaching about volcanic processes; image galleries for all the CVO volcanoes; and near real-time webcam images for volcanoes that have remote camera coverage.

 

This Dynamic Earth is an online teaching resource to compliment the...

This Dynamic Earth is an online teaching resource to compliment the This Dynamic Planet map. (Public domain.)

USGS Volcano Teaching Materials

30 Cool Facts about Mount St. Helens is a poster available for down...

30 Cool Facts about Mount St. Helens is a poster available for download, which details interesting tidbits about the known history of the volcano. (Public domain.)

 

USGS Posters

Partners in Cascades Volcano Education

Teachers take a guided walk on the Hummocks Trail at Mount St. Hele...

Teachers take a guided walk on the Hummocks Trail, learning about the depositional features of the May 18, 1980 eruption. (Credit: Driedger, Carolyn. Public domain.)

  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mount St. Helens Teacher's Corner—Teaching resources about Mount St. Helens volcano: lesson plans, field trip essentials, ranger-led programs, visitor center itineraries, and recommendations for education opportunities.
  • Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center— Explore Mount St. Helens and learn about its eruptions and their influence on natural systems. Visit onsite at Coldwater or online and experience the natural wonder of this amazing natural laboratory.
  • Mount Rainier National Park Education Center—Mount Rainier teaching curriculum, plus information about school visits to the park and professional development opportunities.
  • Mount St. Helens Institute—A nonprofit organization devoted to helping people understand and protect Mount St. Helens. The Institute offers field seminars, guided climbs, lecture series, work parties, and outings to enrich visitors' experiences at the volcano.
  • Mount Baker Volcano Research Center—A nonprofit group that provides a clearinghouse for information about Mount Baker geology, community presentations, and local volcano-related field trips.
  • Washington State History Box: Ring of Fire - Volcanoes in Washington State—A box offered by the Washington State History Museum, which brings museum materials into the classroom. The trunk is filled with artifacts, images, classroom posters, maps, and cirriculum materials that allow students to experience history firsthand.

Meet CVO Scientists, Virtually

Watch video interviews with CVO scientists in our Multimedia section.

Q&A—Written Conversations

Read written interviews with CVO scientists discussing the importance of their work.

Use the interviews in your classroom, along with Discovery Questions below, to stimulate student thinking. These are questions to be discussed by teachers and students after watching or reading the interview. 

Geologist Dave Ramsey—Learn about how to use special computer programs to make digital maps of volcanic surfaces and maps that show areas where people are at risk during volcanic eruptions. 
Discovery Questions for the Classroom: 

  1. What area or hazard is the scientist addressing?
  2. What methods or processes are used to collect evidence/data?
  3. How is the evidence or data analyzed and interpreted?
  4. What are the difficulties encountered?
  5. What challenges are overcome?
  6. What is the most interesting/important thing discovered?
  7. How does the scientist share knowledge with others?
  8. How is this information used by society?
  9. Why is it important to study and understanding this?