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Mt Adams


Mt. Adams Institute provides programs that strengthen the connection between people and the natural world through education, service, career development & research.

VetsWork Fire

VetsWork: Fire is a twelve-week career training program for military veterans interested in wildfire landscape management and firefighting.


VetsWork is an eleven month career development internship program for military veterans in the natural resources management, public lands, and environment sector.

Sense of Place

Sense of Place features speakers with unique knowledge of the Columbia River Gorge. These stories deepen our understanding and connection to nature and each other.

Land Stewards

Land Stewards is a career development program for young adults, ages 21-30, interested in learning more about public lands and natural resources management.

Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp is a place-based outdoor science education opportunity for youth curious about exploring and understanding the natural world.


Join us at Base Camp, our facility in Trout Lake, Washington, adjacent to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.



We’re looking for a new VetsWork Coordinator. Find out more about our open position and the VetsWork Program.

Latest News

*NEW!* Sense of Place Pop-Up Event at Discovery Center: Wolverines, Foxes, and Rare Carnivores of the High Cascades, March 21st

Sense of Place launches it’s first Pop-Up event at Gorge Discovery Center. It will feature wildlife biologist Jocelyn Akins in conversation with SOP host/curator, Sarah Fox.

Congratulations to Sarah Fox!

Sense of Place host/curator, Sarah Fox, honored by Oregon Humanities as 2024 Community...

Grow a Pear!

Unique Event Goes Behind-the-Scenes of the World-Renowned Pear Orchards of the Gorge and the Local...

Salmon at a Crossroads: Sense of Place, January 17th

Unprecedented Momentum: Miles Johnson, Columbia Riverkeeper, to Speak on the Path Forward for...

Happy Birthday, Homer.

The first time I met Homer Yasui was in Seattle. It was the fall of 2016, and like so many...
2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

With just under a month left of my Forest Service internship with the Recreation Department on Mt. Hood’s East Zone, I feel hopeful about my natural resource career path. I feel I have a better understanding of recreation management and the work it takes to keep a healthy balance between preservation, conservation, and maximizing recreation...

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2023 Land Stewards Field Note: Sienne Krulis

2023 Land Stewards Field Note: Sienne Krulis

I have thoroughly enjoyed my AmeriCorps service term with MAI and USFWS. This has further affirmed my desire to work for USFWS later on in my career. While I don’t feel like a full-time USFWS position is directly next in the cards for me, I am grateful to learn of additional ways to engage with USFWS outside of being a direct federal employee. I...

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We are now accepting applications for our Land Stewards AmeriCorps Internship program. 

Land Stewards is a 6-month program for young adults interested in public lands and natural resource management careers.

Learn more by clicking the link in our Bio.

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