Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is off I-5 exit 49, then 43 mi. e. on SR 504 (Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy.) to Milepost 43. The center sits atop a ridge offering spectacular views of the Upper Toutle River Valley, Coldwater Lake, Johnston Ridge and the crater and lava dome of Mount St. Helens, 7 miles in the distance. Two trails are located near the building. The .25-mile paved Winds of Change Trail traverses part of the Mount St. Helens blast zone while the Elk Bench and Lakes trails lead to Coldwater Lake and Mount Margaret's Backcountry.
Picnicking is permitted.