At Mount St. Helens Volcanic NMon, USFS to reopen Johnston Ridge VC as observatory

As Southwest Washington marks the anniversary of the May 18, 1980, eruption, those making the trek to Mount St. Helens can expect to see a few new features at the facilities that surround it this year.

A new outdoor amphitheater greets visitors to Johnston Ridge Observatory, along with 51 informational panels and other improvements added since last year. The nearby Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater will also see plenty of activity today, hosting a volunteer appreciation event.

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