Sunrise Visitor Center at Mt. Rainier to Reopen with New Interpretive Displays

DATE: 6/11/11

Julie Johnson-_
Visit Rainier-_
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Mt. Rainier, WA.-Mt. Rainier’s Sunrise Visitor Center, located on Mt. Rainier’s northeast corner, will open Friday, July 1 with two new interpretive displays.

The new exhibits tell the story of the Sunrise area of the park–the volcanic forces that created the mountain, the glaciers that mold the landscape, the plant and animal life of the subalpine meadows, and the tribes that are tied to the area.

The story is told through photos, words, artifacts, models, and video. The floors and sales area were refurbished as part of the project. The Sunrise Lodge and gift shop and snack bar will open Friday, June 24.

A Junior Ranger program at Sunrise also begins on July 1 and continues each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 4. Children of all ages are invited to join park staff for fun activities that explain the mountain’s glaciers, habitats, and more. Programs begin at 10 a.m. at the White River Campground Campfire Circle, and generally last one hour.

Visitors can also meet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily for a 45-minute stroll along trails to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Sunrise area. Participants meet at the Sunrise Visitor Center flagpole.

his is a great time to visit the Sunrise side of Mt. Rainier, said Mary Kay Nelson, executive director of Visit Rainier. These displays, the new Mt. Rainier gondola at Crystal Mountain, and wildflower meadows are just a few of the ways folks of any activity level can enjoy the mountain.

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Visit Rainier is a not-for-profit, non-membership destination marketing organization that promotes tourism in the gateway communities around Mt. Rainier.