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June 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Mount Rainier National Park summer activities worth visiting

Those planning a trip to Mount Rainier National Park this summer should plan on making a stop Mt. Rainier’s Sunrise Visitor Center, located on Mt. Rainier’s northeast corner, which will open Friday, July 1 with two new interpretive displays.

The new exhibits tell the story of the Sunrise area of the park — the volcanic forces that created the mountain, the glaciers that mold the landscape, the plant and animal life of the subalpine meadows, and the tribes that are tied to the area.

The story is told through photos, words, artifacts, models, and video. The floors and sales area were refurbished as part of the project. The Sunrise Lodge and gift shop and snack bar will open Friday, June 24.

A Junior Ranger program at Sunrise also begins on July 1 and continues each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 4.

Children of all ages are invited to join park staff for fun activities that explain the mountain’s glaciers, habitats, and more. Programs begin at 10 a.m. at the White River Campground Campfire Circle, and generally last one hour.

Visitors can also meet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily for a 45-minute stroll along trails to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Sunrise area. Participants meet at the Sunrise Visitor Center flagpole.

For complete information on planning a summer trip visit the Mount Rainier website.

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