Outdoor Program

Seeing Our Natural Connections

The Outdoor Program, which is open to all students in Middle and Upper School, provides a range of opportunities for students to experience the natural environment beyond the city. Together, we build snow caves, raft on the Yakima River, bike around Lopez Island – and that’s just the beginning. With one-day and weekend-long trips throughout the year, the Outdoor Program encourages physical activity and serene reflection – and supports students' awareness that they live within an ecosystem.

These trips are designed to develop life-long recreational skills and habits that are safe and ecologically sound, with an emphasis on environmental ethics. Students can participate in the Outdoor Program on a trip-by-trip basis to earn credit toward the P.E. requirement.

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Backpacking in the Cascades

The two-day Alpine Backpacking Trip at the start of the school year is a Northwest tradition, giving students the chance to participate in an overnight trip in the North Cascades before snow starts to fly in the mountains.

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Snowcamping on Mount Baker

The Mt. Baker Igloo Trip focuses on practicing snow camping in a safe environment. Students construct their own snow shelters, which they camp in that night, and also enjoy cross-county skiing and snow-shoeing. All students attend classes on winter safety and snow shelter construction as a prerequisite of the trip.

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