Seventh Grade


Mt. St. Helen's - a Seventh Grade Odyssey

On May 17, 18, and 19, 2017, TOPS seventh grade students will be visiting the most active volcano in the lower 48 states.  We will spend the first day following the Toutle River up the blast zone to Johnston Ridge, where we will stare into the throat of the crater and currently building lava dome.  On the second day we will spelunk through 3 different lava tubes; one of them (Ape Cave) being one of the longest and largest lava tubes in the world.  On the third day we will pack up all the camp gear and take a parting hike on an ancient Lahar flow on the south side of the mountain.

This trip is a camping trip and we have reserved campsites at Lone Fir Resort in the small town of Cougar on the Lewis River.  Here we will put up our tents and do our cooking.  We will be renting a tour bus to take most of our students down, but we need cars to transport about 15 students. There is no limit to the parents who can come on this trip and all are invited.

The price for this trip is $230 and covers six meals, tour bus, site rental, camping and caving supplies.

We will be returning back to TOPS at about 5 pm on Friday the 19th.

There will be a general Parent Camp Meeting, in Room B303, Monday, May 1st, at 7pm to discuss drivers, chaperones, shoppers, and cooks. It will also be a question and answer session about the trip.

If you are able to help out or have any questions, please email me at

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