Ranger-Led Programs at Mt. Rainier

 2016 Summer Park Programs

Recurring Summer Programs

At Paradise

Paradise Ranger Chat – daily at 9:30 a.m., except Tuesdays.  Join a ranger in the lobby of the Paradise Inn to help plan your day at the park. Meet in the lobby.

Discover Paradise – daily at 2 p.m. Participate with a ranger in exploring life at 5,000 feet. Meet at the flagpole in front of the visitor center. Return on your own.

Mount Rainier–An Active Volcano – daily at 10:30 a.m. What’s Mount Rainier up to? Join a park staff member for a dialogue about the Northwest’s iconic volcano. Meet at the flagpole outside of the visitor center. Return on your own.

Junior Ranger Program – daily at 1 p.m.   Join a ranger or volunteer for fun and educational activities to earn your Junior Ranger Patch! Ages 6 to 11, parents must remain with their Junior Rangers. Meet inside the visitor center at the front desk.

Paradise Inn Lobby Talk – daily at 2:30 p.m., except Tuesdays.   Join a ranger to discover fascinating stories of Paradise and the historic Paradise Inn. Look for the ranger inside the Paradise Inn.

Astronomy Program – daily at 9:45 p.m. (weather permitting). Observe the heavens from the slopes of Mount Rainier. Meet in front of the Paradise Visitor Center. Check for start times at the visitor center or call the astronomy hotline (360) 569-6230.

Visitor’s Choice – daily at 3:15 p.m.  What’s on your mind about Mount Rainier National Park? Help the ranger plan the program. Meet at the relief map in the visitor center

Paradise Inn Evening Program – daily at 8:45 p.m.  Take a seat in the lobby of the Paradise Inn and enjoy an evening with a park ranger or a guest speaker. Topics vary. Inquire at the Jackson Visitor Center or at the Paradise Inn for program descriptions.

At Longmire/Cougar Rock Campground

Junior Ranger Program, ages 6 to 11 – daily at 6:30 p.m.  Join a ranger or volunteer for fun and educational activities! Meet at the Cougar Rock Campground Amphitheater.

Evening Program – daily at 8:30 p.m.  Join a ranger for a program that involves, inspires, and explores! Topics vary nightly. Meet at the Cougar Rock Campground Amphitheater.

Take a HIKE! – Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. With a Ranger Experience the forest along the Paradise River en route to Carter Falls. Meet at the Carter Falls Trailhead 2.1 miles east of Longmire, just east of the Cougar Rock Campground. Bring water, a hat, and sturdy shoes.

Our Mountain: A History of Adventure – Sundays at 10:15 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Join us as we share stories of the past and present. Even if the tales have grown more outrageous with time, chances are we’ll still find a lot in common. Check with the Longmire Museum for further details.

At Sunrise/White River Campground

Junior Ranger Program – Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 10 a.m.  Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to join park staff for a fun activity about the mountain, glaciers, habitats, and more. Meet at the White River Campfire Circle.

Sunrise Afternoon Guided Walks – daily at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.  Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Sunrise area on this easy ramble with a ranger. Meet at the Sunrise Visitor Center flagpole. The trail is not wheelchair accessible.

History Comes Alive – Check bulletin boards for dates & times.  National parks tell stories of people––past and present. Meet characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.

Evening Program – Monday-Wednesday & Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Beginning August 7, daily (except Thursdays).  Take an in-depth look at a special topic of Mount Rainier National Park during a traditional campfire talk. Meet at the campfire circle in the White River Campground.

At Ohanapecosh

Junior Ranger Program, ages 6 to 11 – daily (except Mondays) at 10 a.m.  Join a ranger or volunteer for fun and educational activities! Meet at the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center.

Evening Program – Tuesdays, Thursday-Saturday at 9 p.m. (8:30 p.m. starting August 6) Join a ranger for a program that involves, inspires, and explores! Topics vary nightly. Meet at the Ohanapecosh Campground Amphitheater.

History Comes Alive – Check bulletin boards for dates & times.  National parks tell stories of people –past and present. Meet characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past, and hear their stories

Special Centennial Celebrations

July

  • July 1, 15, 29. History Comes Alive at Paradise Inn, 8:45 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.
  • July 2, 16, 30. History Comes Alive at Cougar Rock Campground, 8:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.
  • July 6, 20. History Comes Alive, Ohanapecosh Campground, 9 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.
  • July 7, 21. History Comes Alive, White River Campground, 7:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.
  • July 8-9. REI Village 2016 at Sunrise, Interactive exhibits by a Find Your Park partner introduce recreation and education opportunities in America’s national parks.
  • July 13-16. Discover Washington Youth Heritage Project, Longmire. This program inspires high school students to explore how the tools of historic preservation can lead to a greater understanding of the past.
  • July 21, 8:30 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Science in the Park, Paradise Inn. Scientists share their current park research and speculate on possible future park research topics.
  • July 27, 1:00 pm. Naturalization Ceremony, Jackson Visitor Center plaza, Paradise. In partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the park will host a ceremony swearing in new Americans as official United States citizens. National parks are places where everyone can learn about our nation’s shared heritage and shared stories that have been preserved for future generations.
  • July 28, 8:45 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Landscapes for the People, Paradise Inn. Authors Ren and Helen Davis share rarely seen historic pictures taken by the National Park Service’s first photographer, George Alexander Grant and read excerpts from their new book Landscapes for the People.
  • Date TBD. National Parks on the Air, Sunrise. The National Association for Amateur Radio operators from Auburn, Washington will set up portable radio gear to share two-way radio communication with the public.
  • July 30. Centennial Star Party, Join park astronomy volunteers and Tacoma Astronomical Society for a memorable night of star gazing. The program begins at 8:45 in the Paradise Inn followed by star gazing outside the Jackson Visitor Center at 9:30.
  • Every Kid in a Park Programs:  Special in-park curriculum education program focused on the meanings, values and diversity of national parks for regional 4th-grade classes. Transportation scholarships are available.
August
  • Mount Rainier Centennial Film Release: History.  More information TBA.
  • August (dates to be determined). REI Stewardship Days. A regional gathering of one of the National Park Service’s Centennial Sponsors focused on Centennial-themed education and service projects.
  • August, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Washington Trails Association – Centennial Trail Maintenance. WTA will lead trail construction and repair projects to take the park’s magnificent trails into the next century for the next generation of park hikers.
  • August 3, 17, 31, History Comes Alive at Ohanapecosh Campground, 8 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories
  • August 4, 18, History Comes Alive at White River Campground, 7:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories
  • August 6, 8:30 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Amazing Mount Rainier Stories, Paradise Inn lobby. Hear interesting and amazing Mount Rainier stories told by visitors, rangers, and volunteers.
  • August 7, 8:45 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Wish You Were Here: Mail and the National Parks (tentative), Paradise Inn lobby. Did you know that a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail? Or that one of America’s newest national park units was once so secret that it sent and received mail at an undercover address? Join curators from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. to learn the surprising ways that mail has moved to, through, and from the national parks. Everyone who attends the program can leave with their own personalized collection six free, vintage national park-themed U.S. postage stamps!
  • August 7-September 2, Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, Longmire. This University of Oregon program provides hands-on learning in historic preservation techniques working on buildings and structures in the park’s National Historic Landmark District.
  • August 12-14. Music in the American Wild, various park locations. A group of eleven composers and seven performers will be touring seven national parks during the Centennial honoring our country’s grandest location with new productions of inherently American music. They will premier their new compositions in the amazing places that have inspired them. All performances will last approximately 1 hour in length and will include several pieces inspired by natural areas around the country.
    • August 12 at 7:30 pm, Ohanapecosh Amphitheatre
    • August 13 at 2:00 pm, Paradise Pavilion next to Jackson Visitor Center
    • August 14 at 2:00 pm,  near Sunrise Visitor Center
  • August 12, 26, History Comes Alive at Paradise Inn Lobby, 8:45 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.
  • August 13, 27, History Comes Alive at Cougar Rock Campground, 8:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories.
  • August 20, Shadows of the Past at Longmire, 8:30 pm. Meet the people who explored, settled, climbed and protected Mount Rainier more than 100 years ago. Meet outside the National Park Inn for this free 75-90 minute lantern tour departing every 20 minutes beginning at 8:30 pm, with the last tour beginning at 9:30 pm.
  • August 25-28. NPS Centennial Free Entrance Days in honor of the NPS Centennial.
  • August 25. Celebrate National Parks. Centennial activities and volunteer service projects will be offered throughout the park.
  • August 27. Centennial Star Party. Join park astronomy volunteers and Tacoma Astronomical Society for a memorable night of star gazing. The program begins at 8:45 in the Paradise Inn followed by star gazing outside the Jackson Visitor Center at 9:30.
  • Every Kid in a Park Programs:  Special in-park curriculum education program focused on the meanings, values and diversity of national parks for regional 4th-grade classes. Transportation scholarships are available.
September
  • September, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Washington Trails Association – Centennial Trail Maintenance. WTA will lead trail construction and repair projects to take the park’s magnificent trails into the next century for the next generation of park hikers.
  • September 1, 15. History Comes Alive, White River Campground
  • September 9. History Comes Alive, Cougar Rock Campground.
  • September 10. History Comes Alive, Paradise Inn, Paradise.
  • September 14. History Comes Alive, Ohanapecosh Campground.
  • September 24. NPS Centennial Free Entrance Day in honor of National Public Lands Day. Celebrate the next Centennial of the National Park Service with volunteer projects throughout the park, including trail maintenance and native planting!

 


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