CASCADE PEAKS, Mount St. Helens — A double rainbow emerged between Mount St. Helens and a group of students, teachers and scientists gathered to conduct field tests at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
When heavy rain pelted the group, they shrugged into raincoats and plastic ponchos and kept listening to a discussion about conducting field research.
Not many high school students have the opportunity to conduct field studies on a volcano.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many students,” said Abi Grosskopf, science education director of the Mount St. Helens Institute. “For many, it is their first time to Mount St. Helens, first time camping and first time sinking their hands and minds into the messy but real-world process of field-based sciences.”
This is the fourth year in which area students have taken part in the institute’s High School Field Study Project. Between Sept. 13 and Oct. 3, biology and environmental science students from six Southwest Washington school districts participated in field studies on Mount St. Helens. The schools were selected by the institute, and Clark County was represented by students from the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education in Battle Ground Public Schools and iTech Preparatory from Vancouver Public Schools.