Outdoor Program

Seeing Our Natural Connections

The Outdoor Program provides a range of opportunities for students to understand, interact with, and care for themselves, each other, and the natural world. Together, we go on one-day and weekend adventures to build snow caves, backpack on the Olympic Coast, bike around Lopez Island—and that’s just the beginning. Through time spent in the outdoors, students develop empathy, respect, humility, self-awareness, a sense of humor, as well as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Further, our trips are designed to develop life-long recreational skills and habits that are safe and ecologically sound, with an emphasis on environmental ethics and a sense of wonder for the places around us. All trips are open to Middle and Upper School students and most do not require previous experience.

Our greatest hope is that these outdoor trips plant seeds for the future. We want our students to develop a lifelong passion and love for nature.

Jeremy DeWitt

Science teacher and Outdoor Program Trip sponsor

Upcoming Experiences

IslandWood Adventure - Feb. 27

Join us for a day of exploration, curiosity, and togetherness amongst the local flora and fauna of IslandWood, an environmental education school on the land of the Suquamish people on Bainbridge Island. Our day together will be an opportunity for us to reawaken and reemerge after a long, dark winter as the forest and land around us does the same. Separated into small groups, we will each be led through special learning experiences planned by IslandWood’s amazing instructors.

Neighborhood Adventures

The Outdoor Program's Neighborhood Walk Series offers accessible opportunities for students and faculty to gather and be outdoors. These gatherings are led by faculty and will focus on exploring Seattle's parks, neighborhoods, and green spaces. Each trip will be a little bit different, but each will have elements of walking, so bring good shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather.

Parents and guardians will need to complete a permission form on My BackPack for each Neighborhood Adventure their students attend.

Seward Park Walk with Amina, Leilani, and Amy - Feb. 27

Urban Farm and Garden Volunteering - March 3

West Seattle Walk with Clarke, Elvin, and Peter - March 4

Beacon Hill Walk with Jenn and Scott - March 13

A few notes regarding this experience and COVID-19:

1. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 case numbers and risk factors in King County as the trip date nears. While we hope for the best, we also prioritize the health and safety of our students and faculty. With that in mind, we want to remind you that this trip may be cancelled if the risk of COVID-19 transmission becomes too high.

2. With the help of Sierra Maxwell, our Health Coordinator, we have drafted a set of Outdoor Program COVID-19 Guidelines. Part of the pre-trip meetings with students and faculty will be to review and set expectations for following these guidelines.

3. Students and families encouraged to provide their own transportation, the NWS has limited capacity to provide transportation on our buses. If this creates a barrier to your student coming on the hike, please let Nathan Franck know.

Ski Bus

The ski bus is back for a late-season run on Feb. 26. This Ski Bus trip will be a modified version of past trips. We will offer some bus transportation and parents/guardians may also provide transportation. Please see the Trip Information for more details.


Please email Nathan Franck, Outdoor Program Coordinator, with any questions.

Outdoor Program