Come sunset, much of the crowd at Mount Rainier National Park has headed for home.
But that doesn’t mean the activities have halted.
Ranger-led programs are offered nightly at locations around the park, making sticking around until dark worthwhile.
Among the upcoming programs:
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Friday (Aug. 7): 8:30 p.m. at Cougar Rock Campground amphitheater. Sara Cooley, a Geo-Crops intern, will give a program on the mountain’s glaciers.
Friday: 8:45 p.m. at Paradise Inn lobby. Ranger Greg Reed looks back at the early days of national parks and how the idea of a national park has changed over the years.
Saturday: 8:30 p.m. at Cougar Rock. Ranger Grant Smith will give a program on the short- and long-term natural changes at the park.
Saturday: 8:45 p.m. at Paradise Inn. Ranger Nora Rose Hencir will talk about the violent birth and growth of the volcano.
The programs are free. There is a $20 per vehicle entrance fee, good for seven days.
To learn more, go to nps.gov/mora.