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GeoGirls: A Free Program for Youth in Washington and Oregon


GeoGirls is a 5-day, 4-night geology and technology camp for girls (cis and transgender) at Mount St. Helens for girls in Oregon and Washington.

Donor Name: Mount St. Helens Institute

State: Oregon and Washington

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Program

Deadline: 04/01/2023


It is a chance to explore volcanoes and how scientists monitor them. It is also a time for girls build science confidence, camp and hike in the outdoors and work with professional women scientists. During the course of the overnight field-based camp, girls will tour Mount St. Helens, visit researchers in action, conduct a focused research project with real scientists, visit the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory and conduct a volcanic crisis mission that builds on concepts learned throughout the week. This program is FREE for all youth.

During camp girls will explore the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens, the hazards volcanic eruptions pose to the human population, and the technology used by scientists to monitor volcanoes. Entire program takes place within the area affected by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

GeoGirls is a collaborative effort between the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey – Cascades Volcano Observatory with partners from various scientific universities, agencies, and private companies. Throughout the week girls will spend time with many different research teams hiking, exploring, collecting data, and team building. This is a unique experience, unlike any other summer camp!

Eligible Applicants

  • 20 girls (cis and transgender) graduating from 7th and 8th grade in Oregon and Washington
  • 4 girls (cis and transgender) graduating from 10th-12th grade in Oregon and Washington
  • 4 female middle school or high school science teachers (cis and transgender) in Oregon and Washington.

For more information, visit Mount St. Helens Institute.

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