Mission & Vision
Mission: Mount Rainier Institute provides outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders.
Vision: We envision a world with a diverse community of ecologically literate people inspired by the natural world and motivated to be stewards.
In partnership with Mount Rainier National Park, University of Washington created the Mount Rainier Institute. Located at Pack Forest, Mount Rainier Institute is a residential environmental learning center that uses the natural and cultural resources of Mount Rainier National Park and Pack Forest to achieve its mission.
Mount Rainier Institute provides schools in our region with in-depth, multi-day programs focusing on science/STEM education. Mount Rainier Institute also helps connect students and teachers to Mount Rainier National park, and uses the park and Pack Forest as its "classroom." We partner with schools to provide experiences that enhance curriculum, enrich science, and build community.
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The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. Mount Rainier Institute is honored and grateful to provide programs that take place in the ancestral homelands of the Nisqually, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Yakima, and Cowlitz.
Mount Rainier Institute provides outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders.
It is essential to foster a sense of community among students, staff, and our partners. Meaningful collaboration with one another will create an enduring conservation ethic.
Core to our mission is to help all those involved with Mount Rainier Institute grow and develop knowledge and understanding of the environment.
We will strive to bring out the best in people and produces the highest quality experiences possible.
We will strive to express the value of the Mount Rainier region.
We believe it is essential to not only educate but also to inspire people to appreciate the joy and beauty of nature, and to become active stewards.