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Living with a Volcano in your Backyard
This is a three-unit guide that provides science content and inquiry-based activities about volcanoes of the Cascade Range, with emphasis placed on Mount Rainier. More than 30 activities, a field guide to geological sites of interest at Mount Rainier National Park, glossary, list of Internet resources, and supplementary information are included. Lessons are interdisciplinary and focus on history of volcanic eruptions, volcanic processes, volcanic hazards, plate tectonics and emergency planning. There are many hands on activities and a complete list of references and resources.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The maps, graphics, images, and text found on our website, unless stated otherwise, are within the Public Domain. You may download and use them. Credit back to the USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory is appreciated. If any material is referenced "Image courtesy of ..." or "Information courtesy of ...", etc., then please contact that source for permission for use.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-324
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Cascades Volcano Observatory

Contact: Lyn Topinka
Cascades Volcano Observatory
United States Geological Survey (USGS)