Program Safety

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.


In accordance with the CDC guidelines for operating youth camps, the Washington State Department of Health, Pierce County Health Department, and the University of Washington Environmental Health and Safety, Mount Rainier Institute has implemented an extensive COVID-19 Prevention Plan aimed at creating a safe and healthy environment for all students, staff and visitors. These safety policies and procedures are summarized below.


Infectious Disease & COVID-19 Prevention

  • Infectious Disease & COVID-19 Prevention


For Overnight Programs

  • All overnight participants (students, chaperons, teachers, etc.) must show a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at camp.
  • Space in cabins and dormitories is limited. All participants must have at least 6 feet physical distance from other participants heads in sleep facilities (beds, bunks). Bedding is arranged head-to-toe.
  • Meals will be served outdoors or in a well ventilated dining hall.
  • Bus or shuttle transportation within the program follow the childcare transportation guidance.


Other Logistics and Considerations

  • Several traditional activities may be modified or discontinued due to COVID policies such as physical distancing requirements.
  • Due to staffing limitations, schools/program leaders may be required to assist with evening activities.
  • Ventilation guidelines may require windows to be left open in some buildings, including cabins and dormitories, regardless of the outdoor temperature. Extra warm sleeping bags, or bedding is suggested.


John Hayes


Phone: (253) 692-4161

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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.